Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature
Abi´la, capital of the Abilene of Lysanias (Luke 3:1); and distinguished from other places of the same name as the Abila of Lysanias, and (by Josephus) as 'the Abila of Lebanon.' Abila has been supposed to be the same as Abel-beth-Maacah, but without foundation, for that was a city of Naphtali, which Abila was not. About eighteen miles north-west of Damascus is Souk Wady Barrada, where an inscription was found by Mr. Bankes, which, beyond doubt, identifies that place with the Abila of Lysanias. Burckhardt states that there are here two villages, built on the opposite sides of the Barrada.
Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Abila'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/a/abila.html.