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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 (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.