Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameBerothai
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Berothah (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around BritalBrital

    2. satellite view of the region around Ain BourdaiAin Bourdai

    3. cityscape of BeirutBeirut

  2. Brital (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around BritalBrital

  3. Ghantur (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around GhanturGhantur

  4. another name for Cun (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Ras BaalbekRas Baalbek

    2. satellite view of the region around Tell MaqneTell Maqne

Verses (1)

2Sam 8:8

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBerothai (2007)Berothai
OpenBible.infoa942d07 (Berothai)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_649


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 431
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Berothai (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Berothai
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Berothai
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Berothai
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Chr 18:8; 2Sam 8:3-12
  8. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 2Sam 8:7-8
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Berothai
  10. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Berothai
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Berothai
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Berothiah
  13. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Sam 8:8
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Berothah
  15. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Berothai
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  17. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Berothai
  18. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Berothah, Berothai
  19. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Berotai
  20. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Berothah
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Berothai

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, Yoniw


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.