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ABILENE (See also wiki article Abilene_(biblical).)

ABILENE - Mentioned in Lk.3.l, and also in several passages in Josephus, as a tetrarchy of Lysanias (q.v.). It was situated in the Anti-Lebanon and, its capital was Abila, a town whose ruins, Tel Abila, are found to-day on the northern bank of the river Barada, near a village called Suq Wadi Barada. It is one of the most picturesque spots on the railroad to Damascus. The ancient name is to-day preserved in a Latin inscription on a deep rock-cutting high up above the railway. It was a political entity until AD 37. [Article: Dictionary of the Bible, J.Hastings, 2nd Ed., T&T.Clark, 1963. - E.W.G.M. - E.G.K.]