Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesMagadan, Magdala
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Magdala (ancient): 65% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at MajdalMajdal

  2. along the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of part of the eastern side of the Sea of Galileealong the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee

  3. Majdal (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at MajdalMajdal

Verses (1)

Matt 15:39

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMagadan (2007)Magadan
OpenBible.infoad14067 (Magadan)
UBS Names Databasent ID_706


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Magadan (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Magadan
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Magadan
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Dalmanutha (District of)
  5. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Magadan
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 238
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Magadan
  9. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Magdala
  10. IVP New Testament Bible Background Commentary (1993): Matt 15:32-39
  11. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Magadan
  12. New Bible Atlas (1985): Magadan
  13. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  14. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  15. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Matk 8:9-10
  16. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): page 124
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Magadan
  18. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Dalmanutha
  19. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  21. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Matt 15:39

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, another name for Magdala), 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.