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A city in Galilee where the Seleucid governor Bacchides camped his army during a campaign against Judas Maccabeus in 160 bc (1 Maccabees 9:2; Josephus, Antiquities 12.421). Arbela is likely the city called Beth-Arbel in Hos 10:14.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Arbela är-bēʹlə [GK. Arbēla]. The name of several sites in biblical times.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ARBELA Site of a great slaughter when General Bacchides invaded Judea from Syria (1 Macc 9:1–2). The site has not been positively identified, although the historian Josephus called it a city of Galilee and noted that the caves of Arbela in lower Galilee were fortified against marauding robbers. Possible
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Arbela (Gk. Arbḗla)A village in lower Galilee probably to be identified with Khirbet Irbid/Arbel (1955.2467) on the southeastern side of Wadi Hamam. The site faces a precipitous cliff with numerous strategically important caves which were favorite hideouts of refugees, rebels, and brigands. Josephus
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
ARBEL; ARBELA A village of the Roman period, to the northwest of Tiberias, west of Magdala. In the plain of Arbel (today, Wadi el-Hammam) a battle was fought between the Hasmoneans and Bacchides (1 Macc. 9:2), and Herod fought the Zealots who hid in the caves above the plain (Josephus, Antiq xiv, 445).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ARBELA<ar-be’-la> ([ἐν ʼΑρβήλοις, en Arbelois]): This place is mentioned in 1 Macc 9:1 ff, and in Ant, XII, xi, 1, describing the march and encampment of Bacchides. The former says that “Demetrius sent Bacchides and Alcimus into the land of Judea .... who went forth by the way that leadeth to Galgala,
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
ARBELA. Capital of Adiabene, today Irbil, in Iraq, 50 km (31 mi) NE of Mosul. The bishop first lived at Hazza, near Arbela, which under Papa (310–317) became the country’s metropolitan see, taking the fifth place after the principal see of *Seleucia-Ctesiphon, capital of the *Sassanid kingdom; Bishop