Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameRakkath
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Raqqat (modern): 60% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tel RaqqatTel Raqqat

  2. another name for Tiberias (ancient): 20% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of the ancient theater at TiberiasTiberias

  3. Khirbet el Fuliya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. church at Khirbet el FuliyaKhirbet el Fuliya

  4. another name for Kartan (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QureiyehKhirbet el Qureiyeh

    2. aerial panorama of Tel RaqqatTel Raqqat

Verses (1)

Josh 19:35

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRakkath (2007)Rakkath
OpenBible.infoa204528 (Rakkath)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2733
WikipediaRakkath (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 441
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Rakkath (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Rakkath
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Rakkath
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Rakkath
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:35
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Rakkath
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 23
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 239
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Rakkath
  15. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Rakkath
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Rakkath
  18. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Rakkath
  19. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Rakkath
  20. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:35
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Rakkath
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 386

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, Tel Raqqat), 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

אסף שגיא, AVRAMGR, Сергей Иванов, 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.