Places in the Bible Today:

Gilead 2


Translated NameGilead
Typesregion or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

6 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Gilead 1 (ancient): 35% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in Gilead 1Gilead 1

  2. Jel‘ad (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Jel‘adJel‘ad

  3. another name for Jabesh-gilead (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell el MaqlubTell el Maqlub

    2. artifact of a type typically found at Tell Abu el KharazTell Abu el Kharaz

    3. satellite view of the region around Tall al MeqbarahTall al Meqbarah

  4. another name for Ramoth-gilead (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Tall er RumeithTall er Rumeith

    2. ruins at Ar RamthaAr Ramtha

    3. cityscape of As SaltAs Salt

    4. building at Iraq al AmirIraq al Amir

    5. satellite view of the region around Tall al HusunTall al Husun

  5. Khirbet er Rasuni (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet er RasuniKhirbet er Rasuni

  6. Tell Hejaj (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell HejajTell Hejaj

Verses (1)

Hos 6:8

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.com463 (2007)Gilead
OpenBible.infoa19ec8c (Gilead 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_738


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Gilead
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Gilead (place)
  3. ESV Bible Atlas (2010): Gilead
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Gilead
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Gilead
  6. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Gilead
  7. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Gilead
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Gilead
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gilead (Place)
  10. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Gil‘ad
  11. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Gilead

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

Thumbnail Image Credits

Adeeb Atwan, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay, Yorudun, Omernos, Makeandtoss


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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.