Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-arbel, Beth Arbel
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Tall Irbid (modern): 60% confidence
    1. building at Tall IrbidTall Irbid

  2. another name for Arbela (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Horbat ArbelHorbat Arbel

Verses (1)

Hos 10:14

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-arbel (2007)Beth-arbel
OpenBible.infoa2da675 (Beth-arbel)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_476


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 431
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-arbel (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Arbel
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-arbel
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 215
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Arbel
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-arbel
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 257
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Arbel
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Hos 10:14
  15. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-arbel
  16. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  17. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Arbel
  18. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-arbel
  19. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  20. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beth-arbel
  21. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  22. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-arbel
  23. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Beth-arbel
  24. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet Arbel
  25. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-arbel
  26. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-arbel
  27. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  28. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Hos 10:14
  30. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 188

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, Tall Irbid), 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

David Stanley, Hanay


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.