Places in the Bible Today:

Tarshish 2


Translated NamesTarshish, Tharshish
Typesisland, region, or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. not a proper name (a class of trading ships): 35% confidence
  2. another name for Tarshish 1 (ancient): 25% confidence. It may be:
    1. natural area at HuelvaHuelva

    2. panorama of cliffs on SardiniaSardinia

    3. ruins at CarthageCarthage

    4. gate at TarsusTarsus

    5. cityscape of CádizCádiz

    6. coastline of RhodesRhodes

    7. panorama of the coast of CyprusCyprus

    8. panorama of a natural area in EtruriaEtruria

Verses (5)

1Sam-Esth (2)
1Kgs 10:22, 22:48
Job-Mal (3)
Ps 48:7
Isa 2:16, 60:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookTarshish (port city) (2007)Tarshish
OpenBible.infoaf79c1d (Tarshish 2)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Tarshish (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Tarshish
  3. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Kgs 10:22
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Tarshish
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Tarshish
  7. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Tarshish
  8. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Tarshish
  9. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Jonah 1:1
  10. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Tarshish
  11. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  12. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Kgs 10:22; Isa 2:16

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.

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Thumbnail Image Credits

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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.