Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameZaanan
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Zenan (ancient): 55% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Tell ed Duweirwithin 12 km of Tell ed Duweir

    2. satellite view of the region around Iraq el KharabIraq el Kharab

    3. panorama of Tel EraniTel Erani

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet SummeilyKhirbet Summeily

  2. not a place (poetic): less than 10% confidence

Verses (1)

Mic 1:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookZaanan (2007)Zaanan
OpenBible.infoa4e7fa8 (Zaanan)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2473
WikipediaList of biblical places (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Zaanan (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Zaanan
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Zaanan
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Zaanan
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Zaanan
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Mic 1:10-15
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 188
  9. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Zenan
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Zaanan
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Zaanan
  13. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Zaanan
  14. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Zaanan
  15. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:37
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Zaanan
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Mic 1:11-12

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, another name for Zenan), 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, יפעת אופק


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.