Places in the Bible Today:

Joktheel 1


Translated NamesJokthe-el, Joktheel
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. within 25 km of Lachish (ancient): 60% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell ed Duweirwithin 25 km of Tell ed Duweir

  2. within 5 km of Zanoah 1 (ancient): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Zanuwithin 5 km of Khirbet Zanu

  3. Khirbet Umm al Baqar (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Umm al BaqarKhirbet Umm al Baqar

  4. Khirbet Beit Lei (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. mosaic at Khirbet Beit LeiKhirbet Beit Lei

  5. Khirbet Makhaz (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet MakhazKhirbet Makhaz

  6. Tel Haraqim (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel HaraqimTel Haraqim

Verses (1)

Josh 15:38

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookJoktheel (2007)Joktheel 1
OpenBible.infoa45dd20 (Joktheel 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1434


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Joktheel (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Joktheel
  3. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 195, 196
  4. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  5. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Joktheel
  6. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Joktheel
  7. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Joktheel
  8. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:38
  9. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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, within 25 km of Lachish), 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

DYKT Mohigan, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bukvoed


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.