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Abel-meholah meaning

אבל מחולה

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🔼The name Abel-meholah in the Bible

Abel-mehola is the name of a village in Ephraim, near the Jordan river. In Judges 7:22 it serves as a marker to indicate how far the invading army of the Midianites fled for Gideon and his men and their 300 trumpets. In 1 Kings 4:12 it marks the edge of the area of responsibility if Baana, son of Ahihud, one of the twelve deputies of king Solomon.

But Abel-meholah's true claim to fame is that it is the hometown of the great prophet Elisha, the son of Shaphat (1 Kings 19:16). Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) declares that the ethnonym Meholathite describes someone from Abel-meholah but that is conjecture and not certain at all.

🔼Etymology of the name Abel-meholah

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

The second part of the name Abel-meholah comes from the root group חול and is identical to the feminine noun מחולה (mehola), meaning a dancing:

🔼Abel-meholah meaning

For a meaning of the name Abel-meholah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names suggest Meadow Of Dancing. BDB Theological Dictionary reads Dance-Meadow. And if we would follow the insights of HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, the name Abel-meholah would rather mean Brook Of The Dance.