Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesHachilah, Hakilah
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1 Identification

  1. Zahrat al Kula (modern): 50% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Zahrat al KulaZahrat al Kula

Verses (3)

1Sam 23:19, 26:1, 26:3

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHachilah (2007)Hachilah
OpenBible.infoa28a7df (Hachilah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1038
WikipediaHachilah (redirect)


  1. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Hachilah
  2. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Hachilah
  3. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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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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.