Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAtaroth, Ataroth-Beth-Joab, Atroth-beth-joab, Atroth Beth Joab
Notesmay be referring to Bethlehem and Netophah as the crowns
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. within 5 km of Bethlehem 1 (ancient): 60% confidence
    1. building at Bethlehemwithin 5 km of Bethlehem

  2. not a place (crown or person): 20% confidence

Verses (1)

1Chr 2:54

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAtroth-Beth-Joab
OpenBible.infoa03afe1 (Atroth-beth-joab)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2191


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Atroth-beth-joab (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Atroth-Beth-Joab
  3. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Atroth-Beth-Joab
  5. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Atroth Beth Joab
  6. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ataroth
  7. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Atroth-beth-joab
  8. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Atroth-beth-joab
  9. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ataroth
  10. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  11. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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 (in this case, within 5 km of Bethlehem 1), 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

Berthold Werner


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.