Places in the Bible Today:

Zin 2


Translated NameZin
Typesregion or settlement
Notesa possible settlement, from which the region might take its name; Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992) (Zin (place)): "between Kadesh and the ascent of Akrabbim;" most sources don’t make the distinction between the settlement and the region
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Zin 1 (ancient): 90% confidence
    1. cliffs of HaMakhtesh HaKatan in the Zin DesertZin Desert

  2. in Zin 1 (ancient): 30% confidence
    1. cliffs of HaMakhtesh HaKatan in the Zin Desertin the Zin Desert

Verses (2)

Gen-Deut (1)
Num 34:4
Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 15:3

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.comwildernessofzin (2007)Zin 2
OpenBible.infoa190097 (Zin 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2507


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:3
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  9. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016)
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  12. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  14. 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 (in this case, another name for Zin 1), 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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This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. 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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.