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Abilene

Meaning: a plain.

This was the name of a district lying on the east slope of the Anti-Lebanon range. It was named from its main town, Abila Lysaniou (Luke 3:1), which stood in the Suk Wady Barada, between Heliopolis (Baalbec) and Damascus, 38 miles from the former and 18 from the latter.

Lysanias was governor or tetrarch of this province.

Article Version: August 8, 2019