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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Meadow of the house of Maachah, a city in the north of Palestine, 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 (2 Samuel 20:14
), by Benhadad (1 Kings 15:20
), and by Tiglath-pileser (2 Kings 15:29
) about B.C. 734. 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.
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Abel-Beth-Maachah'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/a/abel-beth-maachah.html. 1897.