Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameIjon
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. Tell Dibbine (modern): 70% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell DibbineTell Dibbine

  2. Marjaayoun (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking north of Marjaayoun, which is just visible at the top of the hillMarjaayoun

Verses (3)

  1. 1Kgs 15:20
  2. 2Kgs 15:29
  3. 2Chr 16:4

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookIjon (2007)Ijon
OpenBible.infoa062b95 (Ijon)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2197
WikipediaIjon (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 436
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ijon (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Ijon
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ijon
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 191
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ijon
  9. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Ijon
  10. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  11. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 224
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ijon
  13. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Chr 16:4
  14. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ijon
  15. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Ijon
  17. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  18. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ijon
  19. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ijon
  20. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ijon
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Num 34:10; 1Kgs 15:20
  24. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 105

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, Tell Dibbine), 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, Julien Harneis


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.