Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameKartan
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet el Qureiyeh (modern): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QureiyehKhirbet el Qureiyeh

  2. Tel Raqqat (modern): 30% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tel RaqqatTel Raqqat

Verses (1)

Josh 21:32

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKartan (2007)Kartan
OpenBible.infoa4959d5 (Kartan)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2649


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kartan (place)
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kartan
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kartan
  6. Hess, Joshua (1996): 21:27-33
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kartan
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Kartan
  10. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  11. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Kartan
  12. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 21:27-33
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kartan
  14. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:27-33

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, אסף שגיא


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.