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Abel-Beth-Maacah

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

Abel-Beth-Maacah was a city located in the traditional territory of Napthali and Dan in what became, in the divided monarchy in the 9th century BCE, the northern Kingdom of Israel. It is now identified with modern Tell Abil el Qamh (in Hebrew, Tell Avel Bet Maakha). During the United Monarchy, Abel-Beth-Maacah is mentioned in 2 Sam 20 in an account of the rebellion of a Benjaminite, Sheba ben Bichri, against David. As Sheba ben Bichri’s revolt collapsed, Joab, the commander of David’s forces, p…

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