Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesCain, Kain, Kenite, Kenites
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Bani Dar (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Bani DarKhirbet Bani Dar

  2. not a place (people group): less than 10% confidence

Verses (2)

Gen-Deut (1)
Num 24:22
Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 15:57

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKain (2007)Kain
OpenBible.infoa765bd8 (Kain)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2594


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kain (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Kain
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kain (place)
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:57
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kain
  9. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Kain
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kain
  14. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 258
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Kain
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Kain
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Kain
  19. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kain (Place)
  20. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:57
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  22. 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, Khirbet Bani Dar), 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

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.