Abel-beth-maachah

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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 Kg 15:20), and by Tiglath-pileser (2Kg 15:29) about B.C. 734. It is elsewhere called Abel-maim, meadow of the waters, (2Chr 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 includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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This name occurs six times in the Old Testament. However, it possible that Abel and Beth-Maacha are separate places In 2 Sam 20:15 we read "in Abel of Beth Maachah" and in v.14 "to Abel and Beth Maachah". This suggests that two different places may be being refered to. The form Abel-beth-maachah is found in 1 Kings 15:20, whilst its parallel passage in 2 Chr 16:4 calls it Abel Maim or "Abel of the waters". This would well agree with the Tel 2km south of Metula which is situated in the Hula Valley a very marshy area.

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