Places in the Bible Today:

Sela 2


Translated NamesJokteel, Jokthe-el, Joktheel, Sela, Selah
NotesIsa 42:11 is per New Bible Dictionary (1996) (Sela) and Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992) (Sela (place))--it could also be Sela or a different place
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. Sela (modern): 45% confidence
    1. gate at SelaSela

  2. Umm el Bayyara (modern): 20% confidence
    1. panorama of Umm el BayyaraUmm el Bayyara

Verses (2)

1Sam-Esth (1)
2Kgs 14:7
Job-Mal (1)
Isa 42:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.com847 (2007)Joktheel 2, Sela
OpenBible.infoaf8ce6a (Sela 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1434, ot ID_2068


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 441
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990)
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Sela
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 237
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Kgs 14:7 note; Isa 42:11 note
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Sela
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Sela
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  13. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  15. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Sela
  16. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 1:36
  17. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Sela
  18. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  19. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  20. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  21. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 208
  22. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  23. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sela
  24. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  25. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  26. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  27. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 14:7

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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

יעקב, David Stanley


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.