Places in the Bible Today:



Translated Namesborders of Dor, coast of Dor, heights of Dor, hills of Dor, Naphath, Naphath-dor, Naphath Dor, Naphat of Dor, Napheth, Naphoth, Naphoth-dor, Naphoth Dor, region of Dor, regions of Dor, Slopes of Dor
Typesregion or settlement
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Dor (ancient): 60% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel DorTel Dor

  2. region around Dor (ancient): 35% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel Dorregion around Tel Dor

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (3)
Josh 11:2, 12:23, 17:11
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Kgs 4:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookNaphoth-Dor (2007)Naphath, Naphath-dor, Naphoth-dor
OpenBible.infoad05040 (Naphoth-dor)
TIPNRDor@Jos.12.23, Naphath@Jos.17.11


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Naphoth-dor (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Dor; Dora
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Dor
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Naphoth-dor
  5. Barnes, Historical Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  6. CEB Bible Map Guide (2011)
  7. Discovery House Bible Atlas (2015)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Naphath-Dor
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 11:2
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Dor
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007)
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Dor
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 17
  16. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Naphath-dor
  17. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020)
  18. Hudson, Bible Atlas and Companion (2008)
  19. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Naphoth-dor
  20. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006)
  21. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 11:2
  22. Kregel Bible Atlas (2003)
  23. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Dor
  24. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Dor
  25. New Bible Atlas (1985)
  26. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Dor
  27. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Naphath-dor
  28. New Moody Atlas of the Bible (2009)
  29. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Dor
  30. One-Stop Bible Atlas (2010)
  31. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  32. Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands (2009)
  33. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Naphath-dor
  34. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985)
  35. Sacred Bridge (2014)
  36. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Dor
  37. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Dor
  38. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  39. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Naphoth Dor
  40. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 11:2

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.

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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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.