Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameEmmaus
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. Qalunya (modern): 35% confidence
    1. ruins at QalunyaQalunya

  2. Emmaus Nicopolis (modern): 25% confidence
    1. ruins at Emmaus NicopolisEmmaus Nicopolis

  3. El Qubeibeh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of El QubeibehEl Qubeibeh

  4. Artas (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at ArtasArtas

  5. Khirbet Khamasa (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape including Khirbet Khamasa on the hill at centerKhirbet Khamasa

  6. Abu Ghosh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Abu GhoshAbu Ghosh

Verses (3)

Luke 24:13, 24:28, 24:35

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.com396, 397, 398, 399
Logos FactbookEmmaus (2007)Emmaus
OpenBible.infoae7274b (Emmaus)
UBS Names Databasent ID_360


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Emmaus (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Emmaus; Nicopolis
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Emmaus
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 134
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Emmaus
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): page 132
  9. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Emmaus
  10. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Emmaus
  11. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 125
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Emmaus
  14. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Emmaus
  15. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 7
  16. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Emmaus
  17. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  19. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  20. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Emmaus
  21. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Luke 24:13 note
  22. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): pages 188, 189
  23. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Emmaus
  24. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Emmaous
  25. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Emmaus
  26. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Emmaus
  27. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  28. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Luke 24:13

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

אבישי טייכר, Emmaus, KlausFoehl, Artas Folklore Center, Whewes, Ranbar


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.