Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-gader, Beth-Gader, Beth Gader
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Geder (ancient): 40% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet JedurKhirbet Jedur

    2. panorama of Tel HarorTel Haror

    3. artifact from Tell Beit Mirsimwithin 5 km of Tell Beit Mirsim

    4. panorama of Tell esh ShariaTell esh Sharia

    5. satellite view of the region around Tell TuweiyilTell Tuweiyil

    6. panorama of ruins at Tell JemmehTell Jemmeh

  2. within 5 km of Bethlehem 1 (ancient): 25% confidence
    1. building at Bethlehemwithin 5 km of Bethlehem

  3. another name for Gedor 1 (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet JedurKhirbet Jedur

  4. within 5 km of the Valley of Elah (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking east of the Valley of Elahwithin 5 km of the Valley of Elah

Verses (1)

1Chr 2:51

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth Gader
OpenBible.infoa571072 (Beth-gader)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_481


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth Gader (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Gader
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-gader
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Gader
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 265
  7. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Gader
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beth-gader
  9. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  10. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-gader
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-gader
  12. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  13. 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, 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Aaadir, Hanay, Danny Gershoni, Bukvoed, Berthold Werner, Shabatashtiot


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.