Places in the Bible Today:

Gilgal 3


Translated NameGilgal
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Geliloth (ancient): 50% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Araq ed Deir in the distance on the rightAraq ed Deir

    2. panorama of Tal‘at ed Damm, which is behind the roadTal‘at ed Damm

    3. satellite view of the region around El KhirbehEl Khirbeh

    4. ruins at Khan el AhmarKhan el Ahmar

  2. another name for Gilgal 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Khirbet el MefjirKhirbet el Mefjir

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet en NitlehKhirbet en Nitleh

    3. satellite view of the region around El ’UnuqEl ’Unuq

    4. aerial panorama of ruins at Bedhat esh Sha’abBedhat esh Sha’ab

    5. satellite view of the region around Suwwanet eth ThaniyaSuwwanet eth Thaniya

    6. satellite view of the region around Tell el JurnTell el Jurn

  3. Tal‘at ed Damm (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tal‘at ed Damm, which is behind the roadTal‘at ed Damm

Verses (1)

Josh 15:7

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.com464 (2007)Gilgal 1
OpenBible.infoaed8df9 (Gilgal 3)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_731
WikipediaGilgal (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:7
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Gilgal
  6. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. Howard, Joshua (1998): 18:15-19
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  10. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Geliloth
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Gilgal
  13. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  14. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Geliloth
  15. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 18:15-19
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  17. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 15:5

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 (in this case, another name for Geliloth), 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.

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יעקב, Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bukvoed, Zairon, Adam Zartal אדם זרטל


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.