Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesIim, Ije-abarim, Ije Abarim, Ijim, Iye-abarim, Iye Abarim, Iyim
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Medeineh (modern): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around MedeinehMedeineh

  2. Muhayy (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around MuhayyMuhayy

  3. within 30 km of Abarim (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking east at mountains of Abarimwithin 30 km of Abarim

  4. Khirbet Ai (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AiKhirbet Ai

Verses (3)

Num 21:11, 33:44, 33:45

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookIye-abarim (2007)Iye-abarim, Iyim
OpenBible.infoa0574da (Iye-abarim)
TIPNRIye-abarim@Num.21.11, Iyim@Num.33.45
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2200, ot ID_2201


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 436
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Iye-abarim (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Iye-abarim
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Iye-abarim
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 2
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Iye-abarim
  11. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Num 33:1-56 Cycle 6
  14. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 69

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 (in this case, Medeineh), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Guillaume Baviere


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.