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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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The name occurs three times in the Old Testament: (1) In Judges 7:22 it is stated that Gideon followed the Midianites as far as the "lip" of Abel-meholah under ( i.e. , near) Tabbath. It has been conjectured that this "lip" is the bank marking the edge of the Jordan valley. (2) In 1Kings 19:16 it is mentioned as the home of Elisha. (3) In 1Kings 4:12 it appears as one of the limits of the province assigned to Baana, the son of Ahilud, one of Solomon's officers. It is highly probable also that Barzillai the Meholathite ( 1Samuel 18:19 , 2Samuel 21:8 ) was a native of Abel-meholah (see Barzillai ). Eusebius and Jerome ("Onomastica Sacra," ed. Lagarde, 97,11 227,35) state that Abelmaul (or ' α β ε λ μ α ε λ α ί ) was situated ten Roman miles south of Beth-shean (Scythopolis), in the territory of Issachar, and that it was inhabited in their time. This Maelai was situated where the Wadi-al-Maliḥ enters the Jordan valley (see also Testaments of Patriarchs, Levi, chap. ii.).

J. D. P.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Abel-Meholah'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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