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("Meadow")

Name of several places distinguished by additional words:

(1) Abel-Beth-Maacha (meadow of the house, or family, of Maacha). In the Vulgate also "Abeldomus and Maacha," "Abeldomus Mancha", "Abela and Maacha"; identical with Abel-Maim (meadow of water), 2 Chronicles 16:4 . It was a city in Upper Galilee, a little west of Dan. — 2 Samuel 20:14-19 ; 1 Kings 15:20 ; 2 Kings 15:29 ; 2 Chronicles 16:4 .

(2) Abel-Keramim (meadow of vineyards), a village of the Ammonites, about six miles from Philadelphia. Judges 11:33 .

(3) Abelmehula, Abelmeula (Abelmechola, "a meadow of the dance"), in the Jordan valley near Bethsan. — Judges 7:23 ; 1 Kings 4:12 and 19:16 .

(4) Abel-Misraim (Vulgate "the mourning of Egypt "), according to St. Jerome identical with the "threshing floor of Atad." Genesis 50:10 sq.

(5) Abelsatim, Settim, Setim, Hebrew abhel hashshittim (meadow of acacias) is a place in the plains of Moab. Numbers 25:1 , 33:49 , 34 , 35 and 36 ; Joshua 2:1 and 3:1 ; Micah 6:5 .

(6) The great Abel in 1 Samuel 6:18 , is a misreading for the great ebhen (stone).

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