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Adummim was a place apparently on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho in the West Bank. It is mentioned the Bible's Book of Joshua[1] as being "on the south side of the stream," which Matthew Easton (1897) identified with (Wadi Kelt), looking toward Gilgal.[2] Easton claimed that it was nearly halfway between Jerusalem and Jericho, and now bears the name of Tal'at ed-Dumm;[2] the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adummim is in the area, and was named based on it.

The name is related to the Hebrew word "red", and may refer to the reddish streaks found in the stone of the area.[3]

More recently, Pekka Pitkänen (2010) has stated that "The location of Adummim is unclear."[4]

In Christianity[edit]

It is supposed to have been the place referred to in the parable of the Good Samaritan;[5] the area and The Inn of the Good Samaritan are accessible via Israel Highway 1.

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "Adummim" . Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.

  1. ^ Joshua 15:7 and Joshua 18:17
  2. ^ a b M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. [1]
  3. ^ Henry O. Thompson (1990), "Adummim". In N. Freedman, ed., Anchor Bible Dictionary. 1:86-87.
  4. ^ Pekka Pitkänen (19 October 2010). Joshua. InterVarsity Press. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-8308-2506-6.
  5. ^ Luke 10:25-37