Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameGeliloth
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Araq ed Deir (modern): 35% confidence
    1. panorama of Araq ed Deir in the distance on the rightAraq ed Deir

  2. El Khirbeh (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around El KhirbehEl Khirbeh

  3. Khan el Ahmar (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khan el AhmarKhan el Ahmar

  4. Tal‘at ed Damm (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tal‘at ed Damm, which is behind the roadTal‘at ed Damm

  5. not a proper name (districts): less than 10% confidence

Verses (3)

Josh 18:17, 22:10, 22:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGeliloth (2007)Geliloth
OpenBible.infoa0c9a06 (Geliloth)
WikipediaGeliloth (redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Geliloth
  3. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. Howard, Joshua (1998): 18:15-19
  6. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 60
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Geliloth
  8. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Geliloth
  9. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  10. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 22:10

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

יעקב, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bukvoed, Bukvoed


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.