Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesEzion-gaber, Ezion-Geber, Ezion-geber, Ezion Geber
Typesisland or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. Jezirat Faraun (modern): 40% confidence
    1. panorama of Jezirat FaraunJezirat Faraun

  2. Tell el Kheleifeh (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell el KheleifehTell el Kheleifeh

  3. another name for Elath (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at AqabaAqaba

    2. satellite view of the region around Tell el KheleifehTell el Kheleifeh

    3. cityscape of EilatEilat

Verses (7)

Gen-Deut (3)
Num 33:35, 33:36
Deut 2:8
1Sam-Esth (4)
1Kgs 9:26, 22:48
2Chr 8:17, 20:36

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEzion-Geber (2007)Ezion-geber
OpenBible.infoa8e53d5 (Ezion-geber)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2305


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 434
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ezion-geber (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Ezion-geber; Ezion-gaber
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Ezion Geber
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ezion-geber
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 245
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ezion-Geber
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Kgs 10:22
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ezion-geber
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Ezion-geber
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Ezion-geber
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  16. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 112
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Elath, Eloth; Ezion-geber
  18. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Ezion-geber
  19. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Num 33:1-49; 1Kgs 22:48
  20. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Ezion-geber
  21. New Bible Atlas (1985): Ezion-geber
  22. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Elath (Eloth), Ezion-geber
  23. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  24. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007): Elath
  25. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Ezion-geber
  26. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 123
  27. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Esyon Geber
  28. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ezion-geber
  29. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ezion-geber
  30. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Chr 8:17; Deut 2:8; 1Kgs 9:26; Num 33:1-56 Cycle 5; 1Kgs 9:26
  33. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 405

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

Abdozaghloul, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bel Adone, Tango7000


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.