Hebrew In Israel | Yoqne’am-Image of a Levitical City – Learn Torah

Hebrew In Israel | Yoqne’am-Image of a Levitical City – Learn Torah

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Yoqne’am is a less known Tel (artificial mound) which sits just outside of the modern Yoqne’am of today near the eastern slope of Mount Carmel in the land of the tribe of Zevulun.  The city can be dated to the Early bronze age, and is mentioned in Egyptian writings under the name ‘aqne’am. The city sat next to the ancient “Way of the sea” (now road 70) which was one of the main roads which connected the east and the west.

In Biblical times it was given to and one of the cities taken by Joshua:

מֶלֶךְ קֶדֶשׁ אֶחָד, מֶלֶךְ יָקְנְעָם לַכַּרְמֶל אֶחָד

“The King of Kedesh, one; the King Yokne’am in Carmel, one;”  Joshua 12:22

Later on the city became one of the Levitical cities:

וּלְמִשְׁפְּחוֹת בְּנֵי מְרָרִי, הַלְוִיִּם הַנּוֹתָרִים מֵאֵת מַטֵּה זְבוּלֻן, אֶתיָקְנְעָם וְאֶת מִגְרָשֶׁהָ; אֶתקַרְתָּה וְאֶתמִגְרָשֶׁהָ.אֶתדִּמְנָה וְאֶתמִגְרָשֶׁהָ, אֶת נַהֲלָל וְאֶתמִגְרָשֶׁהָ עָרִים אַרְבַּע

“They assigned to the Merarite clans the remaining Levites the following cities: from the tribe of Zevulun: Yokne’am, Qartah, Dimnah, and Nahalal, along with the grazing areas of each a total of four cities”  Joshua 21:24-35

The city was continually used also by the Byzantines, Muslims and Crusaders.

  1. Reconstruction of the Ancient City
  2. Road 70; Ancient Trade Road “Way of The Sea”
  3. Verses from Joshua 19
  4. Valley of Izra’ael (Jezreel)
  5. Byzantine Remains

 

Originally Published:  27 July 2015

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