Modern locations of places in the Bible:

Al Baleed


Also CalledAl Balid, Zafar
Latitude, Longitude17.006157, 54.130865
Point Precisionpoint in visible remains
Coordinates Sources
General Location Notes
  • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992) (Sephar (place)): “in the Hadramaut on the coast near Shihr
  • Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010) (Sephar): “coastal city in Oman though there’s a place with the same name in Yemen”
  • Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000) (Sephar): “Zafar in Hadramaut”
  • Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001) (Sephar): “seaport town in central Yemen’s Hadhramaut province”
  • New Bible Dictionary (1996) (Sephar): “coastal town of Zafar in the east Hadramaut”
  • Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003) (Sephar): “coastal town of Tsaphar in Oman”
  • I think that these are all the same city
Precise Coordinates NotesZondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010) (Sephar) mentions "Isfar, south of the valley of the Hadramaut," and Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003) (Sephar) mentions "Itsphar south of Hadramaut" separately from Al Baleed; however, I think these are actually referring to Al Baleed. Kalisch, Genesis (1858), calls the nearby villages "Tsafar" or "Isfar;" same with Transactions of the American Ethnological Society, Volume 1 (1845) and Ayre, Treasury of Bible Knowledge (1866) and Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (1894); Land of Frankincense Archaeological Project (2019) identifies Al Baleed with Zafar
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Biblical places associated with Al Baleed


ruins at Al Baleed
Credit: riyadh.albalushi (modified)