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STORE CITIES. Supply depots for provisions and arms. Solomon built some in a region given to his Egyptian wife by Pharaoh (
The “store-city” apparently had its background in the practice of Egypt to provide storage for the excessive yield of a “fat” year as a reserve against the poor yield of a “lean” year, as was the case in Joseph’s time. The storage facilities or “store-cities” are perhaps illustrated in the long, rectangular, room-like structures found at Beth-shemesh, Lachish, and other places. Beginning with Solomon and throughout the reigns of the later kings, these cities were used for storing grains and oil to be sent later to the palace personnel in Jerusalem or Samaria (for Jerusalem, see
FLAP (1959), 186-188; G. E. Wright, Biblical Archaeology (1962), 131, 163, 164.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)