Places in the Bible Today:

Beth-aven 1


Translated NamesBeth-aven, Beth Aven, Wilderness of Beth Aven
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9 Possible Identifications

  1. Tell Maryam (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell MaryamTell Maryam

  2. Burqa (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of BurqaBurqa

  3. Khirbet Nisieh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet NisiehKhirbet Nisieh

  4. Beitin (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

  5. another name for Upper Beth-horon (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. historical cityscape of Beit Ur al FauqaBeit Ur al Fauqa

  6. El Q’ada (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around El Q’adaEl Q’ada

  7. Et Tell (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Et TellEt Tell

  8. another name for Ai 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Et TellEt Tell

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MaqatirKhirbet el Maqatir

    3. ruins at Khirbet NisiehKhirbet Nisieh

    4. aerial panorama including Khirbet Ibn Baraq, which is left of the leftmost buildingsKhirbet Ibn Baraq

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

  9. another name for Beth-aven 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

    2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

    3. panorama of ruins at Burj BeitinBurj Beitin

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 7:2, 18:12
1Sam-Esth (2)
1Sam 13:5, 14:23

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-aven (2007)Beth-aven
OpenBible.infoa03cb21 (Beth-aven 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_475
WikipediaList of biblical names starting with B (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-aven (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-aven
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Aven
  5. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 13:2-10; Josh introduction: Archaeology
  7. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 18
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. Howard, Joshua (1998): 18:12-13 note 175
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 14:23; Josh 7:2
  11. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-aven
  12. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 72, 73
  13. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 7
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Aven
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-aven
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-aven
  19. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-aven
  20. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 7:2-5 note 16
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 13:5 note 256

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, for example, 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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Thumbnail Image Credits

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, יעקב, Biegel, Deror_avi, Matson Photo Service, photographer, Bukvoed, Dvirraz, יעקב, Bukvoed


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.