Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesEphes-dammim, Ephes Dammim, Pas-Dammim, Pas-dammim, Pas Dammim, Pasdammim
Notesbetween Socoh and Azekah
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Damun (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet DamunKhirbet Damun

  2. Khirbet Beit Fasal (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Beit FasalKhirbet Beit Fasal

  3. Khirbet Qeiyafa (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet QeiyafaKhirbet Qeiyafa

Verses (3)

  1. 1Sam 17:1
  2. 2Sam 23:9
  3. 1Chr 11:13

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEphes-dammim (2007)Ephes-dammim, Pas-dammim
OpenBible.infoaafd7c4 (Ephes-dammim)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2414, ot ID_325


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ephes-dammim (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ephes-Dammim
  3. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  4. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Sam 23:11-12
  5. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 186
  6. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  7. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Ephes-dammim
  8. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ephes-dammim
  9. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  10. 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, Khirbet Damun), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Yaels


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.