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(Hebrew Yabneel', יִבְנְאֵל , built by God; Sept. Ι᾿αβνήλ, but Ι᾿αβιήλ in Joshua 19:33), the name of two places.

1. A town on the northern boundary of Judah, between Mount Baalah and the Mediterranean (Joshua 15:11); probably the same elsewhere (2 Chronicles 26:6) called JABNEH (See JABNEH) (q.v.) or JAMNIANI (1 Maccabees 4:15, etc.).

2. A city on the border of Naphtali, mentioned between Nekeb and Lakum (Joshua 19:33). Schwarz (Palest. p. 181, 182) affirms that the later name of Jabneel was Ker Yameah, "the village, by the sea," and on Talmudical grounds (comp. Reland's Palcest. p. 545, 716) locates it on the southern shore of Lake Merom, and thinks it identical with the Jaminia or Jainnuith mentioned by Josephus as lying in this section of Upper Galilee (Ι᾿άμνια, Life, 37; Ι᾿αμνίθ , War, 2, 20, 6). This is not improbable, as the boundary-line here described appears to have extended from the northern limit of Palestine along the eastern bounds of Naphtali to the Jordan proper. It is perhaps the village Ja'tneh, visited by Dr. Robinson, on the declivity of the western mountain south of Lake Huleh, with a wady containing a small stream on the south of the village, and a few ruins of the Jewish type (Later Researches, p. 361,362).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Jabneel'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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