Adami-nekeb according to the Revised Version, or Adami-hannekeb (Hebrew: אדמי הנקב‎), i.e. the pass Adami, is mentioned in Joshua 19:33 as a passage on the frontier of Naphtali. The Vulgate gives Adami quae est Neceb, while the King James Version translates as two separate names, "Adami" and "Nekeb", as does the Septuagint: ΑΡΜΕ ΚΑΙ ΝΕΒΩΚ (B), or ΑΡΜΑΙ ΚΑΙ ΝΕΚΕΒ (A). The Jerusalem Talmud (Meg. 11) also divides the expression, Adami being represented as Damin, and Hannekeb as Caidatah. Adolf Neubauer and George Adam Smith identify Adami with Damieh, 5 miles west of Tiberias, the site proposed by the Palestine Exploration Survey for the ‘fenced city’ Adamah of Joshua 19:36.[1] This, notes T. K. Cheyne, seems too far south considering that the ‘tree of Bezaanim’ (see Bezaanannim) was close to Kedesh, while Janbeel appears to have been a north Galilean fortress. These are the two localities between which Adami-nekeb is mentioned in Joshua 19:33. It is probable that the name Nkbu in the Karnak list of Thotmes 111 means the pass Adami.[1]


In the Bible


ויהי גבולם מחלף מאלון בצעננים ואדמי הנקב ויבנאל עד־לקום ויהי תצאתיו הירדן


καὶ ἐγενήθη τὰ ὅρια αὐτῶν Μοολαμ καὶ Μωλα καὶ Βεσεμιιν καὶ Αρμε καὶ Ναβωκ καὶ Ιεφθαμαι ἕως Δωδαμ, καὶ ἐγενήθησαν αἱ διέξοδοι αὐτοῦ ὁ Ιορδάνης·


et coepit terminus de Heleb et Helon in Sananim et Adami quae est Neceb et Iebnahel usque Lecum et egressus eorum usque ad Iordanem


And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and Adami, Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at Jordan:


And their border was from Heleph, from the oak in Zaanannim, and Adami–nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakkum; and the goings out thereof were at Jordan:


Their boundary went from Heleph and the large tree in Zaanannim, passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan.


  1. ^ a b "Adami-Nekeb", Encyclopedia Biblica

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