Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesKishion, Kishon
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tell Qisyon (modern): 45% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell QisyonTell Qisyon

  2. Tell Rekhesh (modern): 25% confidence
    1. panorama of Tell RekheshTell Rekhesh

  3. Tell el Ajjul (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell el AjjulTell el Ajjul

  4. Tell Abu Qedeis (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell Abu QedeisTell Abu Qedeis

Verses (2)

Josh 19:20, 21:28

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKishion (2007)Kishion
OpenBible.infoa20364a (Kishion)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2652


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kishion (place)
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kishion
  5. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:20
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kedesh
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Kedesh
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 21
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 191
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kedesh; Kishion
  14. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  15. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  16. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Kishion
  17. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Qisyon
  18. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:20
  19. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kedesh; Kishion
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:27-33

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, Aaadir


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.