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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Abel

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A'bel. ( that is, breath, vapor, transitoriness, probably, so called, from the shortness of his life).

1. The second son of Adam, murdered by his brother Cain, Genesis 4:1-16, he was a keeper or feeder of sheep. Our Lord spoke of Abel as the first martyr, Matthew 23:35, so did the early Church subsequently. The traditional site of his murder and his grave are pointed out near Damascus.

2. The name of several places in Palestine, probably signifies a meadow.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Abel'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/a/abel.html. 1901.

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