Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameHara
Typesmountain range, region, or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

7 Possible Identifications

  1. not a proper name (common noun for "mountains" or "cities"): 40% confidence
  2. within 50 km of Gozan (ancient): 20% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell Halafwithin 50 km of Tell Halaf

  3. El Gebal (modern): 15% confidence
    1. panorama of a mountain in El GebalEl Gebal

  4. along the Balikh River (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. headwaters of the Balikh Riveralong the Balikh River

  5. Deir ez Zor (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. bridge at Deir ez ZorDeir ez Zor

  6. another name for Harhar (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of SarandajSarandaj

    2. panorama of a mountain in NahavandNahavand

  7. Mons Masius (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Mons MasiusMons Masius

Verses (1)

1Chr 5:26

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHara (2007)Hara
OpenBible.infoab786f4 (Hara)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_889


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Hara (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Hara
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Hara
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Hara
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Hara
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Hara
  8. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Hara
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Hara
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Hara
  12. 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Bertramz, cannPOLAT, عبدالغني الخلف, Dosseman, Bakhtiar Samadi بختیار صمدی, Apiculate, Zeynel Cebeci


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.