Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesEn-shemesh, En Shemesh, Waters of En-shemesh
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1 Identification

  1. Ein Haud (modern): 75% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ein HaudEin Haud

Verses (2)

Josh 15:7, 18:17

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEn-Shemesh (2007)En-shemesh
OpenBible.infoa34e870 (En-shemesh)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2214
WikipediaEn-shemesh (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 434
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): En-shemesh (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): En Shemesh
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): En-shemesh
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 178
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): En-Shemesh
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:7
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): En-shemesh
  11. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): En-shemesh
  12. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  13. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): En-Shemesh
  16. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:5b-11
  17. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 61
  18. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): En Shemesh
  19. New Bible Dictionary (1996): En-shemesh
  20. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): En-shemesh
  21. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): En-shemesh
  22. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): En-shemesh
  23. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): En Semes
  24. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): En-shemesh
  25. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:7-8
  26. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): En-shemesh
  27. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  28. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 15:5

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.