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Abel-beth-maachah - meadow (Abel) of the house (Beth) of Maacah, a city in the north of Israel, 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 734 BC. 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.

This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.

Some or all of this article is forked from Wikipedia. The original article was at Abel-beth-maachah. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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