Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameLaban
Typescampsite or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Libnah 2 (ancient): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Wadi el Beidhaalong Wadi el Beidha

  2. Tel Abu Seleimeh (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel Abu SeleimehTel Abu Seleimeh

  3. Sheikh ez Zuweid (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Sheikh ez ZuweidSheikh ez Zuweid

Verses (1)

Deut 1:1

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookLaban (Place) (2007)Laban
OpenBible.infoad763b1 (Laban)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Laban (place)
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Laban (place)
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Laban
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Laban
  8. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Laban, Place
  9. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Laban
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Laban
  12. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Laban
  13. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Laban (place)

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


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.