Places in Genesis 12

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Place Possible identifications (tap to highlight on the map)
Ai 1
Gen 12:8
  1. ruins at Et TellEt Tell

  2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MaqatirKhirbet el Maqatir

  3. ruins at Khirbet NisiehKhirbet Nisieh

  4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

  5. aerial panorama including Khirbet Ibn Baraq, which is left of the leftmost buildingsKhirbet Ibn Baraq

Bethel 1
Gen 12:8
  1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

  2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

  3. panorama of ruins at Burj BeitinBurj Beitin

Gen 12:5, 12:10
  1. panorama of a region in Canaan from Mount TaborCanaan

Gen 12:10, 12:11, 12:14
  1. pyramids of Giza in EgyptEgypt

Gen 12:4, 12:5
  1. beehive houses at HarranHarran

Moreh 1
Gen 12:6
  1. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahwithin 1 km of Tell Balatah

  2. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahwithin 200 m of Tell Balatah

  3. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahin Tell Balatah

Gen 12:9
  1. panorama of hills in the NegebNegeb

Gen 12:6
  1. aerial panorama of Tell BalatahTell Balatah

Image Credits

Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Biegel, Dvirraz, Deror_avi, יעקב, Bukvoed, Bahnfrend, Ricardo Liberato, Zhengan, יאיר דב, ליאור גולגר


This page attempts to identify all possible locations for every place mentioned in this chapter of the Bible.

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.