International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(, אבל 'ābhēl
, "meadow"): A word used in several compound names of places. It appears by itself as the name of a city concerned in the rebellion of Sheba (2 Samuel 20:14
; compare 1 Samuel 6:18
), though it is there probably an abridgment of the name Abel-beth-maacah. In 1 Samuel 6:18
, where the Hebrew has "the great meadow," and the Greek "the great stone," the King James Version translates "the great stone of
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Abel (2)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/abel-2.html. 1915.