Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameKartah
Notespossibly a scribal repetition of Kartan
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Kartan (ancient): 30% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QureiyehKhirbet el Qureiyeh

    2. aerial panorama of Tel RaqqatTel Raqqat

  2. another name for Chisloth-tabor (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. cityscape of IksalIksal

  3. Athlit (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at AthlitAthlit

Verses (2)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 21:34
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 6:77

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKartah (2007)Kartah
OpenBible.infoac0f6e7 (Kartah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2648


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kartah (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kartah
  3. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Kartah
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kartah
  5. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:15-16 note 3
  6. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  7. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:34-40

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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, אסף שגיא, Volland, Iliakriv


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.