Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-haccerem, Beth-haccherem, Beth-hakkerem, Beth Haccerem, Beth Hakkerem
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Ramat Rahel (modern): 75% confidence
    1. ruins at Ramat RahelRamat Rahel

  2. Ein Karim (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Ein KarimEin Karim

  3. Herodium (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at HerodiumHerodium

Verses (2)

1Sam-Esth (1)
Neh 3:14
Job-Mal (1)
Jer 6:1

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-haccherem (2007)Beth-haccherem
OpenBible.infoa30f9a0 (Beth-haccherem)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_489


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-haccherem (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Beth-haccerem
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-haccherem
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 178
  6. Breneman, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (1993): Neh 3:14
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Haccherem
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Jer 6:1-3; Neh 3:14; Jer 6:1-3
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-haccherem
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beth-haccherem
  13. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Haccherem
  16. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Jer 6:1; Neh 3:14; Jer 6:1
  17. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-haccherem
  18. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 75, 274
  19. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 7
  20. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Haccherem
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beth-haccherem
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-haccherem
  25. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Beth-hakkerem
  26. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet ha-Kerem
  27. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 14:17
  28. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-haccherem
  29. Williamson, Ezra, Nehemiah (1985): Neh 3:14 note
  30. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-haccerem
  31. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  33. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Jer 6:1

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, Ramat Rahel), 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

Bukvoed, Gila Brand, Asaf T.


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.