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Abel-maim meaning

אבל מים
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🔼The name Abel-maim in the Bible

The name Abel-maim occurs only one time in the Bible. 2 Chronicles 16:4 tells about Ben-hadad, king of Aram, who conquers a territory in the north of Israel during the reign of king Asa of Judah and king Baasha of Israel. 2 Kings 15:29 tells of Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, who overruns roughly the same area during the reign of king Pekah of Israel. But in 2 Kings 15:29 the text tells of Abel-beth-maacah, while 2 Chronicles 16:4 mentions Abel-maim. Some (most) scholars take this for evidence that Abel-beth-maacah and Abel-maim are two names for the same town but there is absolutely no reason to assume this.

🔼Etymology of the name Abel-maim

The name Abel-maim obviously consists of two elements. The first element is Abel (which is not the same name as Abel, the brother of Cain), from the root-group אבל:

The second part of the name Abel-maim is the word מים (mayim), meaning sea or literally: waters:

🔼Abel-maim meaning

For a meaning of the name Abel-maim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Meadow Of Waters, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Place Of Waters and BDB Theological Dictionary oddly suggests Wheat-Meadow. According to the interpretation of the Abel-part forwarded by HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, the name Abel-maim would mean something like Flowing Waters.

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