Abana, A. V., in E. V. Abanah; in margin of R. V. Amanah (q. v.), of A. V. Auiana [The name probably means stony].
One of the two rivers of Damascus ; presumably the more important, for Naaman, of that city, mentions it first (2 Kin. 5:12). It is probably the Barada, the Chrysorrhoas of classical writers, which rises in a large blue pool of unfathomable depth on the high plain south of Zebedany on Anti-Lebanon, twentythree miles from Damascus, rushes in a south easterly course down the mountain, and then, turning eastward, runs along the north wall of the city, to be lost finally in an inland lake, the middle one of three existing. It flows sluggishly through the plain, but on its passage through Damascus it has a rapid course. Not less than nine or ten branches are taken from it, yet to the end it continues both deep and broad. It is the chief cause of the beauty and fertility of the plain of Damascus. One of its tributaries, Nahr Abanias, still preserves the memory of its old name.