Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAscent of Heres, Heres, Heres Pass, Pass of Heres
Typeshill, natural area, or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. not a place (sunrise or a mountain): 25% confidence
  2. in the Transjordan (modern): 20% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in the Transjordanin the Transjordan

  3. within 30 km of Succoth 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell Deir Allawithin 30 km of Tell Deir Alla

    2. satellite view of the region around Tell el Ekhsaswithin 30 km of Tell el Ekhsas

  4. Rujm Shajarat al Hunayti (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking southwest of Rujm Shajarat al Hunayti, which is the pass and trees in the distanceRujm Shajarat al Hunayti

  5. another name for Mount Heres (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tel Bet ShemeshTel Bet Shemesh

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HarsisKhirbet Harsis

    3. cistern at Khirbet HirshaKhirbet Hirsha

    4. aerial panorama of Batn HarashehBatn Harasheh

Verses (1)

Judg 8:13

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHeres (2007)Heres
OpenBible.infoa2466e4 (Heres)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1166


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Heres, Ascent of (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Heres
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Heres, Ascent of
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Heres
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Heres
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 8:13
  8. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Ascent of Heres
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Heres
  11. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Heres
  12. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Heres
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 8:13

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.

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Thumbnail Image Credits

Malkawi99, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Adeeb Atwan, AVRAHAM GRAICER, bentzy, Yehud830


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.