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Also known as Seleucia (Σελεύχεια, Seleucheia) and Raphana. A city southeast of the Sea of Galilee that belonged to a group of cities called the Decapolis.
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Abila of the Decapolis
ABILA OF THE DECAPOLIS (M.R. 231231). A city belonging to a league of cities called the Decapolis, originally having ten members.A. Location and IdentificationAbila of the Decapolis has been identified with Quailibah (M.R. 231231) in N Jordan. Eusebius (Onomast. 32.16) states that Abila was located
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Abila (Gk. Abila)A city located on the Wadi Quailibah, 12 Roman mi. E of Gadara (modern Umm Qeis), and ca. 4 km. (2.5 mi.) S of the Yarmuk River. Abila (231231) measures ca. 1 km. (.6 mi.) north-south and.5 km. (.3 mi.) east-west in area. It consists of two tells (Tell Abila in the north, and Umm el-ʾAmad
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
ABILA A city of the Decapolis, mentioned by Eusebius (Onom. 32, 14) as lying 12 miles east of Gadara. Pliny does not include it among the cities of the Decapolis, but an inscription from the time of Hadrian, found near Palmyra, confirms that it was part of the league. In addition, city coins starting
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
AbilaCity of the Decapolis in northern Jordan (see map 22, E2); Arab. Quailibah; Tell Âbil (ASI coordinates: 231.231). For the history of excavation and the prehistoric and historical phases of occupation before a.d. 200, see W. H. Mare, OEANE, s.v.The site consists of two mounds: Tell Abila and Tell
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ABILA [Ἄβιλα Abila]. Abila is one of the Greco-Roman cities joined together in a loose-knit confederation of cities known as the DECAPOLIS. Abila is not mentioned directly in the NT but the group occurs in the report that Jesus traveled through and ministered to people from the Decapolis (Matt 4:25;