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Translated NamesHazar-susah, Hazar-Susim, Hazar-susim, Hazar Susah, Hazar Susim
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Sansannah (ancient): 65% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet esh ShamsaniyatKhirbet esh Shamsaniyat

  2. Sbalat Abu Susein (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Sbalat Abu SuseinSbalat Abu Susein

Verses (2)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 19:5
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 4:31

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHazar-Susah (2007)Hazar-susah, Hazar-susim
OpenBible.infoab270f6 (Hazar-susah)
TIPNRHazar-susah@Jos.19.5, Hazar-susim@1Ch.4.31
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1126, ot ID_1127
WikipediaHazar-susah (redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Hazar-susah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Hazar Susah, Hazar Susim
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Hazar-Susah
  4. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 19
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Hazar-Susah
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:1-9
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 105
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Hazar-susah, Hazar-susim
  11. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Hasar Susa
  12. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Hazar-susah
  13. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:1-6
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Hazar-susah
  15. 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, another name for Sansannah), 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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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.