Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesTaanath-shiloh, Taanath Shiloh
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Tana el Fauqa (modern): 65% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Tana el FauqaKhirbet Tana el Fauqa

  2. Khirbet Tana et Tahta (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Tana et TahtaKhirbet Tana et Tahta

Verses (1)

Josh 16:6

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookTaanath-Shiloh (2007)Taanath-shiloh
OpenBible.infoa5d37f9 (Taanath-shiloh)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_3000
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 442
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Taanath-shiloh (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Taanath Shiloh
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Taanath-shiloh
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Taanath-Shiloh
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 16:5-9
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Taanath-shiloh
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 13
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Taanath-Shiloh
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 16:5-9
  15. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Taanath-shiloh
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Taanath-shiloh
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Taanath-shiloh
  19. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Taanat Silo
  20. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Taanath-shiloh
  21. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 16:6 note 3
  22. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Taanath-shiloh
  23. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 16:6-7

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, Khirbet Tana el Fauqa), 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


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.