Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameDura
Typesdistrict in settlement, natural area, or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tulul Dura (modern): 45% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tulul DuraTulul Dura

  2. in Babylon 1 (ancient): 20% confidence
    1. Ishtar gate from Babylonin Babylon

  3. Tall al Lahm (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tall al LahmTall al Lahm

  4. Tell ed Der (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell ed DerTell ed Der

Verses (1)

Dan 3:1

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookDura (2007)Dura
OpenBible.infoa3bcd66 (Dura)
WikipediaDura (biblical place) (redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Dura (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Dura
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Dura
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Dura
  5. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Dura
  6. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  7. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Dan 3:1-7
  8. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Dura, Plain of
  9. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Dura
  10. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  11. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Dan 3:1
  12. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 194

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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Radomir Vrbovsky


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.