Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAceldama, Akel Dama, Akeldama, Field of Blood, Hakeldama, The field of blood
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1 Identification

  1. Akeldama (modern): 50% confidence
    1. building at AkeldamaAkeldama

Verses (2)

Matt-John (1)
Matt 27:8
Acts-Rev (1)
Acts 1:19

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAkeldama (2007)Akeldama, Field of Blood
OpenBible.infoa040ba5 (Akeldama)
TIPNRAkeldama@Act.1.19, Field_of_Blood@Mat.27.8
UBS Names Databasent ID_55


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Akeldama (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Field of Blood; Aceldama
  3. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Akeldama
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Akeldama
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Akeldama
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Akeldama
  9. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Akeldama
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Akeldama
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Akeldama
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Aceldama
  15. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  17. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Matt 27:7-8; Acts 1:19

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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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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.