Places in the Bible Today:

Hamath 2


Translated NameHamath
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Hamath 1 (ancient): very high confidence
    1. ruins at HamaHama

  2. another name for Amate (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of the Karkheh Riveralong the Karkheh River

    2. closeup of the Karun Riveralong the Karun River

Verses (2)

2Kgs 17:24, 17:30

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier (2007)Hamath
OpenBible.infoaa9c505 (Hamath 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1084


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Hamath
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Hamath
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Hamath
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Hamath
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Hamath
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Hamath
  7. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Hamath
  8. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Hamath
  9. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Hamath
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Hamath
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Hamath
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Hamath
  13. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Hamath
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Hamath
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Hamath
  16. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 17:24

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, another name for Hamath 1), 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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TheRealHuldra, Unknown author, matin fattahi


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. 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.