Abilene: A plain, a district lying on the east slope of the Anti-Lebanon range;
so called from its chief 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.