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Smith's Bible Dictionary

a'Bel

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(i.e., breath, vapor, transitoriness , probably so called from the shortness of his life), 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.

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


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