Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-zur, Beth-Zur, Beth Zur, Bethzur
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1 Identification

  1. Khirbet et Tubeiqa (modern): 85% confidence
    1. historical panorama of Khirbet et TubeiqaKhirbet et Tubeiqa

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 15:58
1Sam-Esth (3)
1Chr 2:45
2Chr 11:7
Neh 3:16

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-Zur (2007)Beth-zur
OpenBible.infoaddba2a (Beth-zur)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_521


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 433
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-zur (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Zur
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bethzur
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 180
  6. Breneman, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (1993): Neh 3:16
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Zur
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:58; Neh 3:16
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-zur
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beth-zur
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beth-zur
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  16. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 73
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Zur
  18. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Beth-zur
  19. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:48-60; 1Sam 30:27-31
  20. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-zur
  21. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 264
  22. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-zur
  23. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  24. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  25. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  26. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-zur
  27. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet Sur
  28. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-zur
  29. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:58
  30. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-zur
  31. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  33. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 30:27-31
  34. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 405

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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

Willem van de Poll


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.