Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesUfaz, Uphaz
Typesisland, mine, region, or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ophir (ancient): 35% confidence. It may be:
    1. bridge in southwestern Arabiasouthwestern Arabia

    2. ruins at SoparaSopara

    3. panorama of hills in PuntPunt

    4. ruins at AdulisAdulis

    5. satellite view of the region around Mahd adh DhahabMahd adh Dhahab

    6. natural area in GoaGoa

    7. panorama of oasis in OmanOman

    8. buildings at PoovarPoovar

    9. ruins at SofalaSofala

    10. coastline of Sri LankaSri Lanka

    11. panorama of a mountain in SumatraSumatra

  2. not a place (referring to the gold’s quality): 20% confidence

Verses (2)

  1. Jer 10:9
  2. Dan 10:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookUphaz (2007)Uphaz
OpenBible.infoaf55829 (Uphaz)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_115


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Uphaz (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Uphaz
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Uphaz
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Uphaz
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Jer 10:9
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Uphaz
  7. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Uphaz
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Jer 10:9
  10. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Uphaz
  11. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Uphaz
  12. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Uphaz
  13. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  14. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Uphaz
  15. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Uphaz
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Uphaz
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Uphaz
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Jer 10:9

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

Bernard Gagnon, Nahushraj, Abukar Musa, Selaloulol, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Dominik Hundhammer, Hendrik Dacquin, Kulvinder Bisla, Jules Frémeaux, Raveenhw, Fajran08


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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.