Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesDesert of Kedemoth, Kedemoth, Wilderness of Kedemoth
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Aleiyan (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around AleiyanAleiyan

  2. Er Remeil (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Er RemeilEr Remeil

  3. Es Saliyeh (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Es SaliyehEs Saliyeh

  4. Qasr ez Za’feran I (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Qasr ez Za’feran IQasr ez Za’feran I

  5. Umm ar Rasas (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Umm ar RasasUmm ar Rasas

Verses (4)

Gen-Deut (1)
Deut 2:26
Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 13:18, 21:37
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 6:79

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKedemoth (2007)Kedemoth
OpenBible.infoa416b43 (Kedemoth)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2573


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kedemoth (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Kedemoth
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Kedemoth
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kedemoth
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kedemoth
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 8
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kedemoth
  13. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Deut 2:26; Josh 13:17-20
  14. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Kedemoth
  15. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Kedemoth
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Kedemoth
  17. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 13:18-19
  18. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kedemoth
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Deut 2:26; Josh 13:15

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, Professor Bjorn Anderson


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.