🔼The name Abilene in the Bible
The name Abilene occurs only once in the Bible. The evangelist Luke pinpoints the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist by stating that at that time, during the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, a man named Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3:1).
Scholars believe that this Biblical Abilene was an area located less than forty kilometers north of Damascus in Syria/Aram, which derived its name from its capital city Abila.
🔼Etymology of the name Abilene
The name Abilene comes from Abila, and Abila comes from the popular Hebrew name for locations Abel (which is not the same as the name of the second son of Adam and Eve), and that name comes from the noun אבל ('abel), meaning stream or brook:
For a meaning of the name Abilene, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Grassy Place. Spiros Zodhiates (The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary) suggests its core word has to do with meadow, which would give Abilene the meaning of Land Of Meadows.