Places in the Bible Today:

Holon 1


Translated NamesHilen, Hilez, Holon
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Alin (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AlinKhirbet Alin

  2. Khirbet Bism (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet BismKhirbet Bism

  3. Khirbet Umm el Amad (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Umm el AmadKhirbet Umm el Amad

Verses (3)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 15:51, 21:15
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 6:58

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHolon (2007)Hilen, Holon 1
OpenBible.infoa8819e0 (Holon 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1032, ot ID_1034, ot ID_999
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Holon (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Holon (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Holon
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Holon
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Holon
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:51
  6. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Holon
  9. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:48-60
  10. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 239
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Holon
  12. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Holon
  13. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Holon
  14. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:51
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:10-19

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, 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

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, hatul


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.