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Hebrew: יָקְנְעָם —transliteration: Yoqneam or Jokneam

Suggested meaning: the people will be lamented; gathered by the people

also known as: Jokneam Illit, Yokneam Illit, and Yokneam

Photo by Deror Avi
View from the ruins of ancient fortifications at Jokneam (Tel Yokneam)
Photo by Deror Avi. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.

This is a city “of Carmel” (12:22), i.e., on Mount Carmel, allotted with its suburbs to the Merarite Levites (Joshua 19:11; 21:34). It is south of the Kishon River.

It was originally a Canaanite city.

The ruins of this city can be seen at Tel Yokneam (below), about 12 miles southwest of Nazareth, next to the modern city of Yokne'am Illit, Israel (Hebrew: יָקְנְעָם עילית) (aka Yoqne'am Illit and Jokneam Illit), 13 miles (21 km) from Haifa.

Tel Yokneam, Israel (archaeological site) —satellite view

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Article Version: June 27, 2019