Jok'neam (Heb. Yokneam'., יָקנעָם , possession of the people; Sept. Ι᾿εκονάμ, Vulg. Jachanan. Jeconam, Jecnam), a royal city of the Canaanites (Jos 12:22), situated on the southwestern boundary of Zebulon (but not within it, SEE TRIBE ), near Dabbasheth, and fronted by a stream [the Kishon] (Jos 19:11); assigned out of the territory of Zebulon to the Levites of the family of Merari (Jos 21:34). From 1Ch 6:68, the name appears to have been in later times written in the nearly synonymous form of JOKMEAM, and it thus appears. (in the original) as the boundary point of one of the purveyorships of Solomon (1Ki 4:12). It also seems to have been identical with the Levitical city KIBZAIM (see Lightfoot, Opp. 2, 233) in Mount Ephraim (Jos 21:22). Dr. Robinson has lately identified it with the modern Tell Kaimon, a commanding position at the foot of Mount Carmel, across the Kishon from the plain of Esdraelon, and in a locality exactly agreeing with the scriptural data, and in name and situation with the CYAMON SEE CYAMON (q.v.) of the Apocrypha (Judith 7:3), as well as with that of the Cnammona of Eusebius and the Cimana of Jerome, although (in their Onomasticon) they profess ignorance of the site of Jokneam (new ed. of Bibl. Researches, 3, 115). Schwarz (Palest. p. 91) gives a conjecture agreeing with the latter part of this identification. (See also Van de Velde, Memoir, p. 326; Tristram, Land of Israel, p. 119.)

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