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Abel-Maholah Tel el-Maqlub. The bible mentions this city in Judges 7:22; and 1 Kings 4:12. Abel Maholah or A'bel-me-ho'lah means a meadow of dancing and it was a city located in the Jordan valley, and the place where Elisha was born (Judges 7:22; 1 Kings 4:12; 19:16).
According to Jerome the city was ten Roman miles south of Scythopolis, Bethshean in Scripture. Some scholars place it at 'Ain Helweh.
Judges 7:22 - And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, [and] to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.
1 Kings 4:12 - Baana the son of Ahilud; [to him pertained] Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which [is] by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, [even] unto [the place that is] beyond Jokneam:
a'-bel-me-ho'-lah ('abhel meholah, "meadow of dancing"): The residence of Elisha the prophet (1 Ki 19:16). When Gideon and his 300 broke their pitchers in the camp of Midian, the Midianites in their first panic fled down the valley of Jezreel and the Jordan "toward Zererah" (Jdg 7:22). Zererah (Zeredah) is Zarethan (2 Ch 4:17; compare 1 Ki 7:46), separated from Succoth by the clay ground where Solomon made castings for the temple. The wing of the Midianites whom Gideon pursued crossed the Jordan at Succoth (Jdg 8:4 ff). This would indicate that Abel-meholah was thought of as a tract of country with a "border," West of the Jordan, some miles South of Beth-shean, in the territory either of Issachar or West Manasseh.Abel-meholah is also mentioned in connection with the jurisdiction of Baana, one of Solomon's twelve commissary officers (1 Ki 4:12) as below Jezreel, with Beth-shean and Zarethan in the same list.Jerome and Eusebius speak of Abel-meholah as a tract of country and a town in the Jordan valley, about ten Roman miles South of Beth-shean. At just that point the name seems to be perpetuated in that of the Wady Malib, and Abel-meholah is commonly located near where that Wady, or the neighboring Wady Helweh, comes down into the Jordan valley.Presumably Adriel the Meholathite (1 Sam 18:19; 2 Sam 21:8) was a resident of Abel-meholah. - https://www.bible-history.com/isbe/A/ABEL-MEHOLAH/
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Abel-meholah (trans. meadow (Abel) of dancing (meholah), or the dancing-meadow) was the birthplace and residence of the prophet Elisha. It is located near where the Wady el-Maleh merges into the Jordan River, south of Bethshean. Here Elisha was found at his plough by Elijah on his return up the Jordan valley from Horeb (1 Kings 19:16). It is now called 'Ain Helweh. - Wikipedia
ABEL-MEHOLAH in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online)This would indicate that Abel-meholah was thought of as a tract of country with a "border," West of the Jordan, some miles South of Beth-shean, in the ...
Abel-meholah - Biblical Meaning of Abel-meholah in Eastons Bible ...Abel-meholah - Biblical Meaning for Abel-meholah in Eastons Bible Dictionary ( Bible History Online)
Abel-meholah - Biblical Definition of Abel-meholah in Fausset's ...Abel-meholah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary (Bible History Online)
Abel-meholah - Meaning of Abel-meholah in Smiths Bible Dictionary ...Abel-meholah: Biblical Meaning of Abel-meholah in Smiths Bible Dictionary (Bible History Online)
Abel-meholah - Definition of the Name Abel-meholah and Meaning in ...Bibliography Information Hitchcock, R.D. Dr "Definition for 'Abel-meholah' Hitchcock's Bible Dictionary". bible-history.com - Hitchcock's; 1901. ...
Elisha: Bible Names A-G - Bible History Links (Ancient Biblical ...Elisha in Easton's Bible Dictionary God his salvation, the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, who became the attendant and disciple of Elijah (1 Kings ...
Plains - Meaning of Plains in Smiths Bible Dictionary (Bible ...It occurs in the names of Abel-maim Abel-meholah, Abel-shittim and is rendered " plain" in Jud 11:33 --"plain of vineyards." 2. Bik'ah. ...
ELISHA in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online)He was the son of Shaphat, lived at Abel-meholah, at the northern end of the Jordan valley and a little South of the Sea of Galilee. ...
Plains - Biblical Definition of Plains in Fausset's Bible ...abel ("meadow"; compare ABEL MEHOLAH.) Biqu'ah, the great, plain Coele ("hollow" ) Syria between Lebanon and Antilebanon; Bikath Aven, Amos 1:5; ...
Bethshean - Biblical Definition of Bethshean in Fausset's Bible ...One of Solomon's commissariat districts was named from it, extending thence to Abel-meholah (1 Kings 4:12). Except its temporary subjection in his reign, ...
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