The meaning of Abel (2) in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
a'-bel ('abhel, "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 (II Samuel 20:14; compare I Samuel 6:18), though it is there probably an abridgment of the name Abel-beth-maacah. In I 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 Abel."
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