Abel-beth-maacah and Abel of Bethmaacah, in A. V. written Maachah [Abel, i. e. Meadow near Beth-maacah] .
A fortified town in the tribe of Naphtali (1 Kin. 15:20; 2 Kin. 15:29).
It was renowned for wisdom (2 Sam. 20:18). During Sheba's revolt Joab was about to assault it, but "a wise woman" flung the rebel's head over the wall, and saved the town (14-22).
It was one of the places captured by Benhadad at the instance of Asa (1 Kin. 15:20). Tiglathpileser II. took it with other Naphtalite towns, carrying the inhabitants captive to Assyria (2 Kin. 15:29).
It's site was probably at Abil el-Kamh, a small Christian village on a rising ground west of the Jordan, about twelve miles north of lake Huleh and almost directly opposite Dan. The Derdara flows swiftly along at the bottom of the western side of the mound on which the village stands, and the country on every side is well watered and very fertile. In 2 Chron. 16:4, it is called Abel-maim, Abel by the water.