ARPAD (ar'păd). A town and its surrounding region in the northern part of Syria near Hamath (modern Hamah), with which it is associated in all six biblical references. Rabshakeh, representing Sennacherib before Jerusalem in 701 b.c., boasts that the gods of Arpad could not stand before his master, therefore neither could the Lord deliver Jerusalem (
ARPAD är’ păd (אַרְפָּ֔ד; ARPAD KJV)
The modern Tell Refad, twenty-five m. N of Aleppo, most prob. marks the site today.
The violent history of Arpad led to its being used as a proverbial expression by Rabshakeh (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ar’-pad; ar’-fad (’arpadh, "support"): A city of Syria, captured frequently by the Assyrians, and finally subjugated by Tiglath-pileser III in 740 BC, after a siege of two years. It is now the ruin Tell Erfad, 13 miles Northwest of Aleppo. Arpad is one of the conquered cities mentioned by Rabshakeh, the officer of Sennacherib, in his boast before Jerusalem (