Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBaal-shalisha, Baal-Shalishah, Baal-shalishah, Baal Shalisha, Baal Shalishah
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Sirisye (modern): 35% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet SirisyeKhirbet Sirisye

  2. Khirbet Marjame (modern): 25% confidence
    1. panorama of Khirbet Marjame, which is on the hill in the midgroundKhirbet Marjame

  3. Ein Samia (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Ein Samia, which is at centerEin Samia

  4. another name for Shalishah (ancient): less than 10% confidence
  5. Kafr Thulth (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Kafr ThulthKafr Thulth

Verses (1)

2Kgs 4:42

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBaal-shalishah (2007)Baal-shalishah
OpenBible.infoad3d9fc (Baal-shalishah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_590


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Baal-shalishah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Baal Shalishah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Baal-shalishah
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Baal-Shalishah
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Baal-shalishah
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Baal-shalisha
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Baal-Shalishah
  9. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Kgs 4:42
  10. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 319, 320
  11. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  12. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Baal-shalisha
  13. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  15. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 4:42

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, Lipkin.Aaron, Basheer.f, עדירל


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.