Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeeroth, Beerothite, Beerothites, Berothite
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
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8 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet el Burj (modern): 25% confidence
    1. cityscape looking south including Khirbet el Burj at the top of the hill at centerKhirbet el Burj

  2. Al Bira (modern): 25% confidence
    1. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

  3. Nabi Samwil (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at Nabi SamwilNabi Samwil

  4. Biddu (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of BidduBiddu

  5. Ras et Tahuneh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ras et TahunehRas et Tahuneh

  6. El Jib (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. well at El JibEl Jib

  7. Khirbet Raddana (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet RaddanaKhirbet Raddana

  8. Tell en Nasbeh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tell en NasbehTell en Nasbeh

Verses (9)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 9:17, 18:25
1Sam-Esth (7)
2Sam 4:2, 4:3, 4:5, 23:37
1Chr 11:39
Ezra 2:25
Neh 7:29

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeeroth (2007)Beeroth
OpenBible.infoa046454 (Beeroth)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_437


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 431
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beeroth (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Beeroth
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beeroth
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beeroth
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beeroth
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Ezra 2:25; Josh 9:17; 2Sam 4:1-3
  10. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 2Sam 4:2
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beeroth
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beeroth
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beeroth
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 18
  16. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  17. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 125
  18. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beeroth
  19. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 9:17; 2Sam 4:3; Josh 9:17; Josh 18:21-28; 2Sam 4:3
  20. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 334, 335, 337
  21. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 7
  22. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beeroth
  23. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  24. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  25. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beeroth
  26. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Beeroth
  27. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Beerot; Beeroth
  28. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 9:17-21 note 34
  29. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beeroth
  30. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Sam 4:3; Josh 9:6

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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Ori~, יעקב, Alexey Goral, יעקב, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Ar2332, דניאל צבי


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.