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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary
a small province in Coelo-Syria, between Lebanon and Antilibanus. Of this place Lysanias was governor in the fifteenth year of Tiberius, Luke 3:1 . Abela, or Abila, the capital, was north of Damascus, and south of Heliopolis.
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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Abilene'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/a/abilene.html. 1831-2.