Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesChebar, Chebar Canal, Kebar, Kebar River, River Chebar
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Shatt en Nil (modern): 70% confidence
    1. ruins at Nippur along the Shatt en NilShatt en Nil

  2. another name for the Habor (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of the Khabur RiverKhabur River

Verses (8)

Ezek 1:1, 1:3, 3:15, 3:23, 10:15, 10:20, 10:22, 43:3

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookChebar (2007)Chebar
OpenBible.infoa3d2f0a (Chebar)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1528
WikipediaKebar River (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Chebar (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Chebar
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Kebar
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Chebar
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Ezek introduction: 4. Place of Origin and Destination
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Chebar
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Chebar
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Chebar
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Ezek 1:1
  12. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Chebar
  13. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 1
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Chebar
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Chebar
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Chebar
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Ezek 1:1

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, Shatt en Nil), 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

Ehsan abd, Bertramz


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.