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A settlement in the Jordan Valley south or southeast of Beth-shean. The name appears as a designation of one of the boundaries of Solomon’s fifth administrative district (1Kgs 4:12). Abel-meholah was one of the destinations of the Midianites fleeing from the hill of Moreh, where Gideon and his small band had routed them (Judg 7:22). God refers to Elisha as being of the same town when he tells Elijah to go and anoint him as his successor (1Kgs 19:16). Saul’s daughter, Merab, was married to a man from Abel-meholah: Adriel the Meholathite (2Sam 21:8).