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(Heb. E'bets, אֶבֶוֹ , in pause אָבֶוֹ A bets, lustre, and hence, perhaps, tin; Sept. ‘Αεμές, Vulg. Abes), a town in the tribe of Issachar, apparently near the border, mentioned between Kishion and Remeth (Joshua 19:20). It is probably the Abesap (Ἀβέσαρος ) mentioned by Josephus (Ant. 6:13, 8) as the native city of the wife whom David had married prior to Abigail and after his deprival of Michal; possibly referring to Ahinoam the Jezreelitess (1 Samuel 25:43), as if she had been so called as having resided in some town of the valley of Esdraelon. According to Schwarz (Palest. p. 167), "it is probably the village of Kunebiz, called also Karm en-Abiz, which lies three English miles west-south-west from Iksal;" meaning the Khuneifis or Ukhneifis of Robinson (Researches, 3, 167, 218), which is in the general locality indicated by the associated names.


Lieuit. Coitier (Tent Work, 2, 334) thinks this is the ruined site Khurbet el- Beida, marked on the Ordnance Map eight miles west of Nazareth and two south-west of Beit-Lahm, remarking (Quar. Report of the "Pal. Explor. Fund," Jan. 1881, p. 49) that "the Arabic exactly corresponds [?] to the Hebrew, with the same meaning, white'" but this seems doubtful.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Abez'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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