Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBaal-tamar, Baal Tamar
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. Ras et Tawil (modern): 25% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Ras et Tawil, which is on the summit of the hill at center rightRas et Tawil

  2. within 10 km of Gibeah 1 (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. building at Tel el Fulwithin 10 km of Tel el Ful

    2. cityscape of Jabawithin 10 km of Jaba

  3. Khirbet Atara (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AtaraKhirbet Atara

  4. Sahre al Gibiyeh (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Sahre al GibiyehSahre al Gibiyeh

  5. another name for Tamar 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at En HazevaEn Hazeva

    2. ruins at Mezad TamarMezad Tamar

    3. satellite view of the region around En TamarEn Tamar

  6. Khirbet Erha (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet ErhaKhirbet Erha

Verses (1)

Judg 20:33

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBaal-tamar (2007)Baal-tamar
OpenBible.infoa66136c (Baal-tamar)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_591


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Baal-tamar (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Baal-tamar
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Baal-Tamar
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Baal-tamar
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 20:33
  7. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Baal-tamar
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Baal-tamar
  9. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Baal-tamar
  10. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  11. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 20:33

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

Dvirraz, Eli.berckovitz, יעקב, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bukvoed, Oren Rozen


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.