Places in the Bible Today:

Kiriathaim 1


Translated NamesKiriathaim, Kirjathaim
Notesin Reuben
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet al Mukhayyat (modern): 35% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet al MukhayyatKhirbet al Mukhayyat

  2. Khirbet el Qureiye (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QureiyeKhirbet el Qureiye

  3. Al Qurayyat (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Al QurayyatAl Qurayyat

  4. Tall Jalul (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tall JalulTall Jalul

Verses (5)

Gen-Deut (1)
Num 32:37
Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 13:19
Job-Mal (3)
Jer 48:1, 48:23
Ezek 25:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKiriathaim (of Reuben) (2007)Kiriathaim 1
OpenBible.infoad54201 (Kiriathaim 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2641


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kiriathaim (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Kiriathaim
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kiriathaim
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 13:19
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kiriathaim
  9. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Kiriathaim
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 8
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 277
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kiriathaim
  15. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Ezek 25:9; Num 32:34-42; Jer 48:21-24
  16. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  17. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Kiriathaim
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  19. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  20. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kiriathaim
  21. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Qiryatayim
  22. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Kirjathaim
  23. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kirjathaim
  24. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  26. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 13:15; Josh 13:15; Jer 48:1

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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Bashar Tabbah, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.