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Abel-meholah (Hebrew: אָבֵל מְחוֹלָה, Avel Mehola, meaning: Stream Of The Dance), was an ancient city frequently dubbed in the Old Testament.

Biblical Account[]

Book of Judges and Location[]

When Gideon defeated the Midianites, the place is mentioned as: some of them fled "as far as the border of Abel-meholah[1]." The text indicates that it is located as a region with a defined border, west of the Jordan River and south of Beit-She'an.

First Book of Kings[]

The place is also later referred under the description of Solomon. Among Solomon's twelve governors, there is one Baana who is put in charge of several districts including the area "from Beth-She'an to Abel-meholah[2].

Elisha's Residence[]

When Elijah fled from the wrath of Jezebel, he was commanded by God to anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel-meholah" to succeed him as prophet[3].


  1. Judg. 7:22 (Link)
  2. 1 Kings 4:12 (Link)
  3. 1 Kings 19:16 (Link)