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Map of Old Testament Israel - Abel-Beth-Maacah (Abel-maim)
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Abel-Beth-Maacah (Abel-maim) (Abel-beth-maacah, Abel-maim). It means "the meadow of the house of Maacah" (Tel Abil.) It was allotted to the tribe of Naphtali. It was in David's Kingdom, later besieged by Benhadad and Tiglath-pileser, 2 Samuel 20:14, 15; 1 Kings 15:20; 2 Kings 15:29.
2 Samuel 20:14 -
And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.
2 Samuel 20:15 - And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that [were] with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.
1 Kings 15:20 - So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali.
2 Kings 15:29 - In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.
a'-bel-beth-ma'-a-ka ('abhel beth ma`akhah, "the meadow of the house of Maacah"): The name appears in this form in 1 Ki 15:20 and 2 Ki 15:29. In 2 Sam 20:15 (Hebrew) it is Abel-beth-hammaacah (Maacah with the article). In 20:14 it appears as Beth-maacah, and in 20:14 and 18 as Abel. In 2 Sam it is spoken of as the city, far to the north, where Joab besieged Sheba, the son of Bichri. In 2 Ki it is mentioned, along with Ijon and other places, as a city in Naphtali captured by Tiglathpileser, king of Assyria. The capture appears also in the records of Tiglath-pileser. In 1 Ki it is mentioned with Ijon and Dan and "all the land of Naphtali" as being smitten by Benhadad of Damascus in the time of Baasha. In the account in Chronicles parallel to this last (2 Ch 16:4) the cities mentioned are Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim. Abel-maim is either another name for Abel-beth-maacah, or the name of another place in the same vicinity. The prevailing identification of Abel-beth-maacah is with Abil, a few miles West of Dan, on a height overlooking the Jordan near its sources. The adjacent region is rich agriculturally, and the scenery and the water supply are especially fine. Abel-maim, "meadow of water," is not an inapt designation for it.
More Information about ABEL-BETH-MAACAH
Abel-beth-maachah (trans. "meadow (Abel) of the house (Beth) of Maacah") was 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 Samuel 20:19). It was besieged by Joab in his pursuit of Sheba (2 Sam. 20:14). A unnamed wise woman from Abel-beth-maachah convinced Joab not to destroy the city, since the people did not want to shelter Sheba. She told the people of the city to kill Sheba, and his head was thrown over the wall to Joab. The city was also besieged 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 Chronicles 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. - Wikipedia
ABEL-BETH-MAACAH in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History ...In 2 Sam
20:15 (Hebrew) it is Abel-beth-hammaacah (Maacah with the article). In 20:14 it
appears as Beth-maacah, and in 20:14 and 18 as Abel. ...
Map of Ancient Israel - Abelane Abel-maim is either another name for Abel-beth-maacah, or the name of another place in ... The prevailing identification of Abel-beth-maacah is with Abil, ...www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/abelane.html
MAACAH in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online) The armies met near Medeba when the "Syrians" from Maacah found ... It is possible that Abel-beth-maacah may have been a colony founded by men from Maacah . ...
Maacah - Biblical Definition of Maacah in Fausset's Bible ...Maacah. Abel-beth-Maacah was not in it, but in Israel; in the direction of Maacah, and somehow connected with it (2 Samuel 20:14-16). ...
BETH-MAACAH in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online) BETH-MAACAH beth-ma'-a-ka. See ABEL-BETH-MAACAH. ... "Definition for 'BETH- MAACAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; ...
Map of the Divided Kingdom - Dan Later King Asa fought back and allied with Ben-Hadad of Damascus who gladly invaded Israel in the far north at Dan and through Abel-beth-maacah, ...
MEADOW in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online)(3) 'abhel keramim, "Abel-cheramim," the Revised Version margin "The meadow of ... "Abel") of the vineyards" (Jdg 11:33); "Abel-beth-maacah" (1 Ki 15:20; ...
JOAB in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online) He then assumes command, is followed by Amasa's men, and arranges with a woman of Abel beth-maacah to deliver to him Sheba's head. The revolt is then at an ...
Maachah: Bible Names H-M - Bible History Links (Ancient Biblical ...Maacah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Abel-beth-Maacah was not in it, but in Israel; in the direction of Maacah, and somehow connected with it (2 Samuel ...
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