Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameRekem
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. within 5 km of Irpeel (ancient): 25% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of Rafatwithin 5 km of Rafat

    2. satellite view of the region around Ein Umm esh Sharayitwithin 5 km of Ein Umm esh Sharayit

  2. Feldstein et al Site 43 (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Feldstein et al Site 43Feldstein et al Site 43

  3. Feldstein et al Site 34 (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Feldstein et al Site 34Feldstein et al Site 34

  4. Khirbet el Burj (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape looking south including Khirbet el Burj at the top of the hill at centerKhirbet el Burj

Verses (1)

Josh 18:27

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRekem (town) (2007)Rekem
OpenBible.infoa1b5486 (Rekem)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2732
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Rekem (anchor)


  1. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 343, 344
  2. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Rekem

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

יעקב, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Ori~


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.