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Translated NameMattanah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet el Medeiyineh (modern): 55% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MedeiyinehKhirbet el Medeiyineh

  2. another name for Ir-moab (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around MisnaMisna

    2. ruins at Khirbet al BaluaKhirbet al Balua

    3. ruins at RabbaRabba

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MedeinehKhirbet el Medeineh

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MedeiyinehKhirbet el Medeiyineh

    6. castle at KerakKerak

Verses (2)

Num 21:18, 21:19

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMattanah (2007)Mattanah
OpenBible.infoa033373 (Mattanah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1901


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Mattanah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Mattanah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Mattanah
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Mattanah
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Mattanah
  7. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Mattanah
  9. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Mattanah
  11. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Mattanah
  12. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Mattanah
  13. 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, Khirbet el Medeiyineh), 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bashar Tabbah, Dennis Jarvis, Berthold Werner


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.