Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAchshaph, Acshaph, Akshaph
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Regev (modern): 35% confidence
    1. closeup of Tel RegevTel Regev

  2. Tell Keisan (modern): 25% confidence
    1. panorama of Tell KeisanTell Keisan

  3. Tell Bir el Gharbi (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking south of Tell Bir el GharbiTell Bir el Gharbi

  4. Tel Kabri (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel KabriTel Kabri

Verses (3)

Josh 11:1, 12:20, 19:25

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAchshaph (2007)Achshaph
OpenBible.infoa8ce5c4 (Achshaph)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_213


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 429
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Achshaph (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Achshaph
  4. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Achshaph
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 122
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Achshaph
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:25
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Achshaph
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Achshaph
  13. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  14. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 4
  15. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 202
  16. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Achshaph
  17. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Achshaph
  18. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 11:1
  19. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  20. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Achshaph
  21. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Achshaph
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Achshaph
  25. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): pages 73, 129
  26. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Aksaf
  27. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Achshaph
  28. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 11:1 note 10
  29. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 11:1
  32. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 99

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

Hanay, Aaadir, Aaadir, Henry Pelgrift


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.