Places in the Bible Today:

Ziph 1


Translated NamesZiph, Ziphites
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1 Identification

  1. Tell Zif (modern): 80% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell ZifTell Zif

Verses (5)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 15:55
1Sam-Esth (4)
1Sam 23:19, 23:24, 26:1
2Chr 11:8

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookZiph (Hebron) (2007)Ziph 1
OpenBible.infoa9b852f (Ziph 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_933


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 443
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ziph (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Ziph; Zif
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Ziph
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ziph
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 61
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ziph (place)
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:55; 1Sam 23:14-24a
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ziph
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Ziph
  13. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  14. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  15. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  16. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 73
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ziph
  18. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 253
  19. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Ziph
  20. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ziph
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Ziph
  25. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Ziph
  26. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ziph (Place)
  27. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Zif
  28. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ziph
  29. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:55
  30. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ziph
  31. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  33. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 91

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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.

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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.