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For the capital of Afghanistan, see Kabul.

Cabul is the name of two places in ancient Israel mentioned in the Hebrew Bible:

  • A district in the north-west of Galilee, near Tyre, containing twenty cities given to Hiram I by Solomon as a reward for various services rendered to him in building the temple. (1 Kings 9:13) Hiram was not pleased with the gift, however, the name signifying "good for nothing". Josephus ("Ant." viii. 5, § 3) interprets "Cabul" as meaning "what does not please" (in Phoenician); but doubt has been cast on this interpretation of the term.
  • One of the landmarks on the boundary of Asher, (Joshua 19:27) now the Kabul local council in Israel, 9 or 10 miles (16 km) east of Acco. Josephus ("Vita," § 43) refers to it as "the village of Chabolo situated in the confines of Ptolemais". It was assigned to the Tribe of Asher (Joshua 19:27). King Solomon handed it over to Hiram I, the king of Phoenicia, because he helped Solomon build his temple in Jerusalem. The name "Kabul" derives from the Aramatic word mekubbal which means "clad", as in the inhabitants were "clad" in gold and silver.[1][citation needed]


  1. ^ Vilnay, Zev. (2003). Legends of Palestine. Kessinger Publishing, p.406.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainJewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906.