Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameGolan
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1 Identification

  1. Saham al Jawlan (modern): 70% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Saham al JawlanSaham al Jawlan

Verses (4)

Gen-Deut (1)
Deut 4:43
Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 20:8, 21:27
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 6:71

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGolan (2007)Golan
OpenBible.infoabb5c1e (Golan)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_706


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 435
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Golan (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Golan
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Golan
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 103
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Golan
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Golan
  10. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Golan
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 25
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 248
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Golan
  15. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Deut 4:42
  16. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Golan
  17. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Golan
  18. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Golan
  19. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  20. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  21. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  22. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Golan
  23. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Golan
  24. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Golan
  25. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Golan
  26. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 21:8 note 22
  27. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Golan
  28. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Deut 4:41

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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.

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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.