Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBochim, Bokim
Typessettlement or tree
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Bethel 1 (ancient): 75% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

    2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

    3. panorama of ruins at Burj BeitinBurj Beitin

  2. another name for Allon-bacuth (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Beitinwithin 1 km of Beitin

    2. cityscape of Al Birawithin 1 km of Al Bira

    3. panorama of ruins at Burj Beitinwithin 1 km of Burj Beitin

Verses (2)

Judg 2:1, 2:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBochim (2007)Bochim
OpenBible.infoa859268 (Bochim)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_527


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Bochim (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bochim
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Bochim
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Judg 2:1-2
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Bochim
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Bochim
  7. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Bochim
  8. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Bochim
  9. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Bochim
  10. Zondervan Atlas 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 Bethel 1), 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

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. 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.