It was essential in ancient times to protect vineyards with walls of unhewn stones and cities [[➝ city]] with quite massive fortifications. The earliest walls of Jericho consisted of solid stone 2 m. (6 feet) thick. From the walls defenders of a city could engage an enemy (2 Sam. 11:20–1) and down a wall fugitives could make their escape (Josh. 2:15). Paul was let down the wall of Damascus in a basket (Acts 9:25); he later uses a metaphor to describe the high priest Ananias as a ‘whitewashed wall’ (Acts 23:3).

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