Places in the Bible Today:

Ether 2


Translated NameEther
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ether 1 (ancient): 45% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el AterKhirbet el Ater

  2. Khirbet Attir (modern): 25% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet AttirKhirbet Attir

  3. another name for Jattir (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet AttirKhirbet Attir

  4. another name for Athach (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el AterKhirbet el Ater

    2. ruins at Khirbet AttirKhirbet Attir

Verses (1)

Josh 19:7

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier (2007)Ether
OpenBible.infoa16596e (Ether 2)
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ether (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ether
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ether
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Ether
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ether
  7. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 109
  8. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Ether
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Ether
  10. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Ether
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ether
  12. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Ether

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.

Places with Similar Names

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Shaofr


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.