Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameAmam
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Be’er Nevatim (modern): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Be’er NevatimBe’er Nevatim

  2. Nahal Yattir 205 (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Nahal Yattir 205Nahal Yattir 205

  3. Bir el Esani (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Bir el EsaniBir el Esani

Verses (1)

Josh 15:26

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAmam (2007)Amam
OpenBible.infoa3e2b20 (Amam)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_289
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Amam (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Amam (place)
  2. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  3. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Amam
  4. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:21-32
  5. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 128

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.

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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. 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.