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Abel-beth-maachah – meadow of the house of Maachah, a city in the north of Palestine, in the neighbourhood of Dan and Ijon, in the tribe of Naphtali.

It was a place of considerable strength and importance.

It is called a “mother in Israel”, i.e., a metropolis (2 Sam. 20:19).

It was besieged

  • by Joab (2 Sam. 20:14),
  • by Benhadad (1 Kings 15:20), and
  • by Tiglath-pileser (2 Kings 15:29) about B.C. 734.

It is elsewhere called Abel-maim, meadow of the waters, (2 Chr. 16:4).

Its site is occupied by the modern Abil or Abil-el-kamh, on a rising ground to the east of the brook Derdarah, which flows through the plain of Huleh into the Jordan, about 6 miles to the west-north-west of Dan.

Noah Moses

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