Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameBezer
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Umm el Amad (modern): 45% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Umm el AmadUmm el Amad

  2. Tall Jalul (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tall JalulTall Jalul

Verses (4)

Gen-Deut (1)
Deut 4:43
Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 20:8, 21:36
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 6:78

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBezer (2007)Bezer
OpenBible.infoa0cd098 (Bezer)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_615


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 433
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Bezer (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bezer
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 232
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Bezer
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 20:8
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Bezer
  10. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Bezer
  11. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Bezer
  12. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  13. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 25
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 277
  16. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Bezer
  17. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Deut 4:42
  18. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  19. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Bezer
  20. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  21. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Bezer
  22. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 20:8
  23. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Deut 4:41

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, Umm el Amad), 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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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.