Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAbel, Abel-Beth-Maacah, Abel-beth-maacah, Abel-beth-maachah, Abel-maim, Abel-Maim, Abel and Beth Maacah, Abel and Beth Maachah, Abel Beth-maacah, Abel Beth Maacah, Abel Beth Maachah, Abel Beth Maakah, Abel Maim, Abel of Beth-maacah, Abel of Beth-maachah, Abel of Beth Maacah, Abel of Beth Maachah, Beth-maacah, Beth-maachah
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1 Identification

  1. Tel Abel Beth Maacah (modern): 80% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tel Abel Beth MaacahTel Abel Beth Maacah

Verses (6)

  1. 2Sam 20:14, 20:15, 20:18
  2. 1Kgs 15:20
  3. 2Kgs 15:29
  4. 2Chr 16:4

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAbel-Beth-Maacah (2007)Abel, Abel-beth-maacah, Abel-maim, Beth-maacah
OpenBible.infoabffcaa (Abel-beth-maacah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_36, ot ID_40, ot ID_42


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 429
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Abel-beth-maacah (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Abel-beth-maachah
  4. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Abel
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 192
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Abel-Beth-Maacah
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Sam 20:14-22a
  11. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 2Sam 20:14
  12. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Abel-beth-maacah
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Abel-beth-maacah
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  16. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 224
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Abel-Beth-Maacah
  18. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Abel Beth Maacah
  19. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Sam 20:14
  20. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Abel-beth-maacah
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Abel-beth-maacah
  25. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Abel-beth-maacah (Maachah)
  26. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Abel Bet Maaka
  27. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Abel-beth-maacah
  28. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Abel-beth-maachah
  29. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Sam 20:14; 1Kgs 15:20
  32. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 105

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others, for example, then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

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Tel Abel Beth Maacah Excavations


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain.