Places in the Bible Today:

Beth-aven 2


Translated NamesBeth-aven, Beth Aven
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1 Identification

  1. another name for Bethel 1 (ancient): more than 95% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

    2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

    3. panorama of ruins at Burj BeitinBurj Beitin

Verses (3)

Hos 4:15, 5:8, 10:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBethel (North of Jerusalem) (2007)Beth-aven
OpenBible.infoa696a95 (Beth-aven 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_475
WikipediaList of biblical names starting with B (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-aven (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Aven
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-aven
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-aven
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 13:2-10
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-aven
  7. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beth-aven
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-aven
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 14:23; Hos 4:15
  12. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-aven
  13. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Aven
  14. New Bible Atlas (1985): Beth-aven
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-aven
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  17. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-aven
  19. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Hos 4:15
  20. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Beth-aven
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-aven
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Hos 4:15

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Deror_avi, יעקב, Bukvoed


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.