Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameMephaath
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. Umm ar Rasas (modern): 50% confidence
    1. ruins at Umm ar RasasUmm ar Rasas

  2. Tell Jawah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of ruins at Tell JawahTell Jawah

  3. Khirbet Nefaah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet NefaahKhirbet Nefaah

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 13:18, 21:37
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 6:79
Job-Mal (1)
Jer 48:21

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMephaath (2007)Mephaath
OpenBible.infoa97cb23 (Mephaath)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1747
WikipediaMephaath (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 439
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Mephaath (place)
  3. Boling, Joshua (1982): 13:18
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Mephaath
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 13:18
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Mephaath
  9. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Mephaath
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 8
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Mephaath
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 13:17-20
  15. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  16. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Mephaath
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Mephaath
  18. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Mephaa
  19. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Mephaath
  20. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Mephaath
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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 (in this case, Umm ar Rasas), 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

Professor Bjorn Anderson, Bashar Tabbah, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.