Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesCyprus, Elishah
Typesisland, region, or settlement
Notesmay refer to part of Cyprus, the whole island, or to its area of influence
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

9 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Cyprus (ancient): 40% confidence
    1. panorama of the coast of CyprusCyprus

  2. Enkomi (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at EnkomiEnkomi

  3. another name for Carthage (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at CarthageCarthage

  4. Aegean Islands (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. Samothrace in the Aegean IslandsAegean Islands

  5. Lissos (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at LissosLissos

  6. another name for Italy (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in ItalyItaly

  7. Elis (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at ElisElis

  8. Sicily (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of a beach on SicilySicily

  9. another name for Greece (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Mount Olympus in GreeceGreece

Verses (1)

Ezek 27:7

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookElishah (island) (2007)Elishah
OpenBible.infoa71d65f (Elishah)


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  2. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Ezek 27:7 note
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Elishah
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Elishah
  7. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 10:4 note
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 207
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Ezek 27:7
  12. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016)
  13. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Elishah
  14. New Bible Atlas (1985): Elishah
  15. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Elishah
  19. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. 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, another name for Cyprus), 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

Deensel, O.Mustafin, Calips, DocWoKav, Wolfgang Sauber, Giuseppe Milo, Karta24, sikeliakali, George E. Koronaios


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.