Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAdami, Adami-nekeb, Adami Nekeb, Nekeb
Notespossibly two separate sites, with Adami at Tel Adami and Nekeb at Khirbet Bessum
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Adami (modern): 75% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel AdamiTel Adami

  2. Khirbet Bessum (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet BessumKhirbet Bessum

  3. Khirbet Idma (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet IdmaKhirbet Idma

Verses (1)

Josh 19:33

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAdami-nekeb (2007)Adami-nekeb
OpenBible.infoa2c780b (Adami-nekeb)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_72


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 429
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Adami-nekeb (place)
  3. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Adami-nekeb
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Adami-Nekeb
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:33
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Adami-nekeb
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 23
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Adami-Nekeb
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:32-39
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Adami-nekeb
  16. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Adami, Adami-nekeb
  17. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Adami ha-Neqeb
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Adami
  19. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:33
  20. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Adami
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others (in this case, Tel Adami), then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain. It's best to think about the confidences in relative rather than absolute terms. Often they reflect different schools of thought, each confident in their identifications.