Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesNehelam, Nehelamite
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. unknown location: 40% confidence
  2. not a place (family name): 35% confidence
  3. another name for Helam (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around AlmaAlma

    2. panorama of cliffs in the region between Damascus and Hamathin the region between Damascus and Hamath

    3. citadel of AleppoAleppo

    4. Baghdad Gate at AlamathaAlamatha

Verses (3)

Jer 29:24, 29:31, 29:32

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookNehelam (2007)Nehelam
OpenBible.infoa071cb2 (Nehelam)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Nehelam (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Nehelam
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Jer 29:24-28
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Nehelam, Nehelamite
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Nehelam
  7. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Nehelam
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Nehelam
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Nehelam
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  11. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  12. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  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, 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Frank Kidner, Memorino, Odilia


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.