Places in the Bible Today:

Ataroth 3


Translated NameAtaroth
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ataroth 2 (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of Kafr AqabKafr Aqab

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AtaraKhirbet Atara

    3. satellite view of the region around Khirbet RaddanaKhirbet Raddana

    4. satellite view of the region around Bir ed DeirBir ed Deir

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el AujahKhirbet el Aujah

    6. cityscape of Ein ArikEin Arik

    7. satellite view of the region around Ein Umm esh SharayitEin Umm esh Sharayit

    8. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el Aujah el FoqaKhirbet el Aujah el Foqa

    9. panorama of Tel al MazarTel al Mazar

    10. aerial panorama of Tell en NasbehTell en Nasbeh

    11. building at Nabi SamwilNabi Samwil

    12. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AtaruzKhirbet Ataruz

  2. Tel al Mazar (modern): 15% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel al MazarTel al Mazar

  3. Tell esh Sheikh Dhiab (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell esh Sheikh DhiabTell esh Sheikh Dhiab

Verses (1)

Josh 16:7

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.com196 (2007)Ataroth 2
OpenBible.infoaaf998e (Ataroth 3)
WikipediaAtaroth (partial)


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ataroth
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  4. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ataroth
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  7. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 12
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 16:5-9
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  13. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  14. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Ataroth
  15. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Atarot
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ataroth
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  18. 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, 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

Thumbnail Image Credits

עדירל, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bosstab4, יעקב, דניאל צבי, Alexey Goral, Shay Bar


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.