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Palace

PALACE (Heb. ’armôn, bîrâh, hēkhāl, Gr. aulē). The dwelling place of an important official. Palaces are found all over the biblical world. The science of archaeology has given much light on these ancient structures. Israel built many palaces, and one finds frequent mention of them in Scripture. At Gezer the remains of a palace belonging to the period of Joshua’s conquest have been found. It is thought to be the palace of Horam, king of Gezer, whom Joshua conquered (Josh.10.33). This palace belongs to the group of palaces known as fortress palaces. Many of these old palaces were made of stone. They were sometimes the entrances to great tunnels. Some were constructed over important wells or springs of water, which they controlled.