Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also called Abel-Maim, “meadow of the waters” (2 Chr 16:4). A city in the north of Palestine that was besieged by Joab (2 Sam 20:14), Ben-hadad (1 Kgs 15:20), and Tiglath-Pileser III (2 Kgs 15:29).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abel-beth-maacah (Maachah), Abel of Beth-maacah (Maachah)
Abel (Place). Fortified border city in upper Galilee to which King David’s general Joab pursued the rebel Sheba. After a wise woman of the city negotiated with Joab, the citizens executed Sheba and threw his head over the wall. Joab then called off the siege (2 Sm 20:13–22). The city was later conquered
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ABEL (Place) Fortified border city in upper Galilee to which King David’s general Joab pursued the rebel Sheba. After a wise woman of the city negotiated with Joab, the citizens executed Sheba and threw his head over the wall. Joab then called off the siege 2 Sm 20:13–22). The city was later conquered
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abel-beth-maacah (ay´buhl-beth-may´uh-kah), a town in northern Israel probably to be identified with Tell Abil el-Qamh, five miles west of Dan. In 2 Sam. 20:14–15 it is referred to as Abel of Beth-maacah and is associated with Joab’s pursuit of Sheba, son of Bichri, through the territory (cf. 1 Sam.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ABEL1. The second son of Adam, who was a shepherd. His offering to God was from the “firstlings of the flock,” an offering more acceptable than Cain’s offering of grain and vegetables. Whether Abel’s was preferred because it involved the shedding of life and hence was symbolic of life, or whether it
ABEL-MAIM. An alternate form of Abel-beth-maachah (q.v.) in (2 Chr 16:4).Tell Abil, the site of Abel-Beth-Maachah. JR
BETH-MAACHAH. A city far to the N near source of the Jordan River. So named in 2 Sam 20:14–15, but also named Abel-beth-maacah (q.v.) in 1 Kgs 15:20 and 2 Kgs 15:29, as well as Abel (q.v.) in 2 Sam 20:14, 18. In II Samuel it is the city in which Joab besieged rebelling Sheba. In I Kings it is included
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Abel-Beth-Maacah (Heb. ʾāḇēl bêṯ-maʿăḵâ)A city cited in biblical and other ancient Near Eastern texts, best identified with modern Tell Abil al-Qamḥ (“Meadow of the Wheat”; 204296). The latter is an imposing mound of 10 ha. (25 a.) on the northern border of Israel near Metulla, near a major
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
ABEL-BETH-MAACHAH A fortified town in the north of Palestine (2 Sam. 20:14–18), also called Abel (2 Sam. 20:18) and Abel-Maim (2 Chr. 16:4). Joab, son of Zeruiah, laid siege to it in order to capture Sheba, son of Bichri (2 Sam. 20:13). In the days of Baasha, King of Israel, it was taken by Ben-Hadad,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Abel of Beth-Maacah
ABEL OF BETH-MAACAH A city in David’s kingdom located in northern Palestine, north of Lake Huleh. The city was in the tribal territory of Naphtali and was the site where Sheba took refuge following his failed revolt against David (2 Sam 20:14–18). It was also conquered by Ben-hadad some eight decades