Places in the Bible Today:

Mount Zalmon


Translated NamesMount Zalmon, Zalmon
Notescould be a lower slope on one of these mountains
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Mount Ebal (ancient): 30% confidence
    1. panorama of Mount EbalMount Ebal

  2. another name for Mount Gerizim (ancient): 20% confidence
    1. aerial panorama facing south of Mount GerizimMount Gerizim

  3. Jebel el Kabir (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Jebel el KabirJebel el Kabir

  4. Jebel Salman (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. streetscape of Jebel SalmanJebel Salman

Verses (1)

Judg 9:48

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMount Zalmon (2007)Mount Zalmon
OpenBible.infoa884255 (Mount Zalmon)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2511


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Zalmon (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Zalmon
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Zalmon (place)
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Zalmon (Mount)
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Zalmon
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Zalmon
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 9:47
  8. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Zalmon
  9. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Zalmon
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Zalmon (Place)
  11. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Zalmon, Mt.
  12. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 9:48

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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Ibro84, יאיר דב, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Mujaddara


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.