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Abel-Keramim

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

This place name, meaning “Meadow of the Vineyards,” is mentioned only once in the Hebrew Bible (Judg 11 : 33). Because it was the farthest point to which Jephthah pursued the Ammonites after his victory, its location was most likely south and west of Amman. Eusebius, probably naming it “Abela” in his Onomasticon (32.15–16), indicates that it lay six to seven Roman miles from Philadelphia (Amman). The Hebrew name suggests a location in a hilly region where grape vines grow. However, much of the …

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