Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesGath, Metheg-ammah, Metheg Ammah
Notesmay be a reference to Gath or a place near there, or not referring to a place
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Gath 1 (ancient): 40% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Tell es SafiTell es Safi

    2. panorama of Tell esh ShariaTell esh Sharia

    3. satellite view of the region around Ras Abu HamidRas Abu Hamid

    4. panorama of Tel HarorTel Haror

    5. aerial panorama of Tel NagilaTel Nagila

    6. panorama of Tel EraniTel Erani

  2. not a place (unit of measure or metaphor): 20% confidence

Verses (1)

2Sam 8:1

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMethegh-Ammah (2007)Metheg-ammah
OpenBible.infoa0a52ec (Metheg-ammah)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Methegh-ammah
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Metheg Ammah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Metheg-Ammah
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Sam 8:1
  5. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 2Sam 8:1
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Metheg-ammah
  8. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Sam 8:1
  9. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Methegh-ammah
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Metheg-ammah
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Metheg-ammah
  13. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Metheg-ammah
  14. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 78
  15. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Metheg-ammah
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Metheg-ammah
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Sam 8:1

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

Ori~, Danny Gershoni, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Aaadir, Amos Meron, יפעת אופק


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.