hill; mound, the long, narrow, rounded promontory on the southern slope of the temple hill, between the Tyropoeon and the Kedron valley (2 Chr. 27:3; 33:14; Neh. 3:26, 27). It was surrounded by a separate wall, and was occupied by the Nethinim after the Captivity. This wall has been discovered by the engineers of the Palestine Exploration Fund at the south-eastern angle of the temple area. It is 4 feet below the present surface. In 2 Kings 5:24 this word is translated "tower" (R.V., "hill"), denoting probably some eminence near Elisha's house.
Ahith′ophel, privy-councillor to David, and confederate and adviser of Absalom in his rebellion against his father.
It is the so-called ophel, on which the ancient Jebusite fortress was reared.
He also came upon the old wall of ophel, a portion of the first wall of the city.
Manasseh fortified the western side of the city and ophel, but it was laid waste by the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar.
Let any one examine the south part of Sion or ophel and contradict my assertion if he can.
And the Nathinites dwelt in ophel, as far as over against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that stood out.
Here on the upper part of ophel, to the south of the original temple area, were the palace and armory.