Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesGilo, Giloh, Gilonite
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. within 6 km of Khirbet Rabud (modern): 45% confidence
    1. recent ruins at Khirbet Rabudwithin 6 km of Khirbet Rabud

  2. Dahriya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. historical cityscape of DahriyaDahriya

  3. Khirbet Kafr Jul (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Kafr JulKhirbet Kafr Jul

  4. Khirbet Jala (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet JalaKhirbet Jala

Verses (3)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 15:51
1Sam-Esth (2)
2Sam 15:12, 23:34

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGiloh (2007)Gilo, Giloh
OpenBible.infoa6df20a (Giloh)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_726


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Giloh (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Giloh
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Giloh
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Giloh
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Giloh
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Sam 15:12
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 239, 240
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Giloh
  11. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  12. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gilo, Giloh, Gilonite
  13. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:51
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Giloh
  15. 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 (in this case, within 6 km of Khirbet Rabud), 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

hatul, Rami Atwan, 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.