Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesTishbe, Tishbite
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. not a place (social class): less than 10% confidence
  2. another name for Thisbe (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in the region between Kedesh-naphtali and Hazorin the region between Kedesh-naphtali and Hazor

  3. another name for Jabesh-gilead (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell el MaqlubTell el Maqlub

    2. artifact of a type typically found at Tell Abu el KharazTell Abu el Kharaz

    3. satellite view of the region around Tall al MeqbarahTall al Meqbarah

  4. Listib (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. mosque at ListibListib

Verses (4)

  1. 1Kgs 17:1
  2. 2Kgs 1:3, 1:8, 9:36

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookTishbe (2007)Tishbe
OpenBible.infoa4199a1 (Tishbe)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Tishbe (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Tishbe
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Tishbe
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Kgs 17:1 note
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Tishbe
  6. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Tishbe
  7. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Tishbe, Tishbite
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Kgs 17:1
  11. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Tishbe
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Tishbe
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  14. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Tishbe
  15. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Tishbe
  16. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Thesbe
  17. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Tishbe
  18. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Tishbe
  20. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 111

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

Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay, Bilal Dweik


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.