Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameZuph
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1 Identification

  1. about 10 km around Ramathaim-zophim (ancient): 70% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of Al Ramabout 10 km around Al Ram

    2. cityscape of Rantisabout 10 km around Rantis

    3. building at Beit Rimaabout 10 km around Beit Rima

    4. cityscape of Ramallahabout 10 km around Ramallah

    5. ruins at Ramat Rahelabout 10 km around Ramat Rahel

    6. cityscape of Al Biraabout 10 km around Al Bira

    7. building at Nabi Samwilabout 10 km around Nabi Samwil

Verses (1)

1Sam 9:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookZuph (land) (2007)Zuph
OpenBible.infoa4d0250 (Zuph)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Zuph (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Zuph; Land of Zuph
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Zuph, land of
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Zuph (place)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Zuph
  6. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 9:4-5
  7. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Zuph
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Zuph (Place)
  10. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Zuph, Land of
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Zuph
  12. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 85

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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

Soman, יעקב, KafrAdDeek, Soman, Bukvoed, יעקב, Alexey Goral


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.