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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
ABILENE . Mentioned in Luke 3:1 , and also in several references in Josephus, as a tetrarchy of Lysanias [wh. see]. It was situated in the Anti-Lebanon, and its capital was Abila, a town whose ruins are found to-day on the northern bank of the river Barada, near a village called SÃ»k Wady Barada . It is one of the most picturesque spots on the railroad to Damascus. The ancient name is to-day preserved in a Latin inscription on a deep rock-cutting high up above the railway. By a worthless Moslem tradition, Abel is said to have been buried here.
E. W. G. Masterman.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Abilene'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/a/abilene.html. 1909.