Places in the Bible Today:

Beersheba 2


Translated NamesBeer-sheba, Beer Sheba, Beersheba, Desert of Beersheba, Sheba, Shebah, Shibah, Wilderness of Beer-sheba, Wilderness of Beersheba
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Beersheba 1 (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of ruins at Tel Beer ShevaTel Beer Sheva

    2. well at Bir es SebaBir es Seba

  2. Bir es Seba (modern): 30% confidence
    1. well at Bir es SebaBir es Seba

Verses (10)

Gen 21:14, 21:31, 21:32, 21:33, 22:19, 26:23, 26:33, 28:10, 46:1, 46:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeer-Sheba (2007)Beersheba, Shibah
OpenBible.infoa075d61 (Beersheba 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2797, ot ID_433


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beersheba
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Beer-sheba
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beersheba
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beersheba
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beer-sheba
  6. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 21:31
  7. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beersheba
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991): Beersheba
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Beer-sheba
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beer-sheba
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 22:19
  12. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beersheba
  13. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 92
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beersheba
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beersheba
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Beersheba
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beersheba
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beersheba
  19. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 21:31
  20. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beersheba
  21. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:28; 15:28 note 14
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Beersheba
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Beersheba
  24. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 22:19

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.

Places with Similar Names

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gugganij, Daniel Baránek


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.