Places in the Bible Today:

Mount Heres


Translated NamesHar-heres, Har Heres, Heres, Mount Heres
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ir-shemesh (ancient): 45% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tel Bet ShemeshTel Bet Shemesh

  2. Khirbet Harsis (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HarsisKhirbet Harsis

  3. Khirbet Hirsha (modern): 20% confidence
    1. cistern at Khirbet HirshaKhirbet Hirsha

  4. Batn Harasheh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Batn HarashehBatn Harasheh

  5. another name for Beth-shemesh 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tel Bet ShemeshTel Bet Shemesh

Verses (1)

Judg 1:35

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHar-Heres (2007)Mount Heres
OpenBible.infoaeea26d (Mount Heres)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_888


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Har-heres (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Heres, ascent of
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Har-Heres
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Judg 1:34-36
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Har-heres
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Heres
  9. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 1:35
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Heres
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Har-heres
  13. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 84
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Heres
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Heres, Mt.
  16. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:41
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 1:35

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

AVRAHAM GRAICER, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, bentzy, Yehud830


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.