Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameThebez
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. Tubas (modern): 65% confidence
    1. aerial cityscape of TubasTubas

  2. another name for Tirzah (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell el FarahTell el Farah

Verses (2)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Judg 9:50
1Sam-Esth (1)
2Sam 11:21

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookThebez (2007)Thebez
OpenBible.infoa5d1690 (Thebez)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_3007


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Thebez (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Thebez
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Thebez
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 167
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Thebez
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Thebez
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Thebez
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Thebez
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 9:50
  12. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Thebez
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  14. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  15. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 152
  16. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Thebez
  17. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Thebes
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Thebez
  19. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Thebez
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 9:50

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, Tubas), 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

Mujaddara, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.