Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameHalah
Typesregion or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. about 60 km around Halahha (ancient): 75% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Al Abbasiyahabout 60 km around Al Abbasiyah

  2. within 10 km of Gozan (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell Halafwithin 10 km of Tell Halaf

  3. along the Habor (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of the Khabur Riveralong the Khabur River

  4. another name for Calah (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at NimrudNimrud

Verses (4)

1Sam-Esth (3)
2Kgs 17:6, 18:11
1Chr 5:26
Job-Mal (1)
Obad 20

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHalah (2007)Halah
OpenBible.infoabf176f (Halah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1053


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Halah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Halah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Halah
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Halah
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Halah
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Chr 5:26
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Halah
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  10. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Halah
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Halah
  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 (in this case, about 60 km around Halahha), 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, Bertramz, Bertramz, Staff Sgt. JoAnn Makinano


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.