Abelmeholah
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Abelmeholah

(meadow of the dance), in the northern pat of the Jordan valley, (1 Kings 4:12) to which the routed Bedouin host fled from Gideon, (Judges 7:22) Here Elisha was found at his plough by Elijah returning up the valley from Horeb. (1 Kings 19:16-19)

ATS Bible Dictionary
Abelmeholah

Or ABEL-MEA, a town of Issachar, near the Jordan, ten miles south of Beth-shean. Near this place Gideon defeated the Midianites, Jud 7:22; and here Elisha was born, 1 Kings 19:16.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Meadow of dancing, or the dancing-meadow, the birth-place and residence of the prophet Elisha, not far from Beth-shean (1 Kings 4:12), in the tribe of Issachar, near where the Wady el-Maleh emerges into the valley of the Jordan, "the rich meadow-land which extends about 4 miles south of Beth-shean; moist and luxuriant." Here Elisha was found at his plough by Elijah on his return up the Jordan valley from Horeb (1 Kings 19:16). It is now called `Ain Helweh.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ABEL-MEHOLAH

a'-bel-me-ho'-lah ('abhel meholah, "meadow of dancing"): The residence of Elisha the prophet (1 Kings 19:16). When Gideon and his 300 broke their pitchers in the camp of Midian, the Midianites in their first panic fled down the valley of Jezreel and the Jordan "toward Zererah" (Judges 7:22). Zererah (Zeredah) is Zarethan (2 Chronicles 4:17; compare 1 Kings 7:46), separated from Succoth by the clay ground where Solomon made castings for the temple. The wing of the Midianites whom Gideon pursued crossed the Jordan at Succoth (Judges 8:4). This would indicate that Abel-meholah was thought of as a tract of country with a "border," West of the Jordan, some miles South of Beth-shean, in the territory either of Issachar or West Manasseh.

Abel-meholah is also mentioned in connection with the jurisdiction of Baana, one of Solomon's twelve commissary officers (1 Kings 4:12) as below Jezreel, with Beth-shean and Zarethan in the same list. Jerome and Eusebius speak of Abel-meholah as a tract of country and a town in the Jordan valley, about ten Roman miles South of Beth-shean. At just that point the name seems to be perpetuated in that of the Wady Malib, and Abel-meholah is commonly located near where that Wady, or the neighboring Wady Helweh, comes down into the Jordan valley.

Presumably Adriel the Meholathite (1 Samuel 18:19 2 Samuel 21:8) was a resident of Abel-meholah. Willis J. Beecher

Library

Prophets in their Country.
... But if it is general, it is not historically true; for Elijah did not suffer dishonour
in Tishbeth of Gilead, nor Elisha in Abelmeholah, nor Samuel in Ramathaim ...
/.../origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/18 prophets in their country.htm

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Abelmeholah (3 Occurrences)
... Abel-meholah. Willis J. Beecher. Multi-Version Concordance Abelmeholah
(3 Occurrences). Judges 7:22 And the three hundred blew the ...
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Abel-meholah (3 Occurrences)
Abel-meholah. Abelmeholah, Abel-meholah. A'bel-Meho'lah . ... (ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS
YLT NAS). Abelmeholah, Abel-meholah. A'bel-Meho'lah . Reference Bible.
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Zartanah (1 Occurrence)
... the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which
is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the ...
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Zererath (1 Occurrence)
... every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host
fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath ...
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Jokneam (5 Occurrences)
... the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which
is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the ...
/j/jokneam.htm - 9k

Pertained (18 Occurrences)
... the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which
is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the ...
/p/pertained.htm - 12k

Bethshittah (1 Occurrence)
... every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host
fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath ...
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Bethshean (5 Occurrences)
... the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which
is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the ...
/b/bethshean.htm - 11k

A'bel-Ma'im (1 Occurrence)
A'bel-Ma'im. Abel-maim, A'bel-Ma'im. Abelmeholah . Multi-Version Concordance ...
(See RSV). Abel-maim, A'bel-Ma'im. Abelmeholah . Reference Bible.
/a/a'bel-ma'im.htm - 6k

Concordance
Abelmeholah (3 Occurrences)

Judges 7:22
And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.
(KJV)

1 Kings 4:12
Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam:
(KJV)

1 Kings 19:16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
(KJV)

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