Places in the Bible Today:

Bezek 2


Translated NameBezek
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Ibziq (modern): 75% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet IbziqKhirbet Ibziq

  2. Khirbet Salhab (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet SalhabKhirbet Salhab

  3. Tell Bezqa (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell BezqaTell Bezqa

Verses (1)

1Sam 11:8

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBezek (1 Sa 11:8) (2007)Bezek 2
OpenBible.infoa206291 (Bezek 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_465
WikipediaAdoni-Bezek (partial)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 433
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Bezek (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Bezek
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Bezek
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bezek
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 170
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Bezek
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 11:8
  11. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 11:8
  12. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Bezek
  13. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Bezek
  14. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Bezek
  15. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  16. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  17. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 138
  18. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Bezek
  19. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 1:4; 1Sam 11:8
  20. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Bezek
  25. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Bezek
  26. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bezek
  27. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Bezek
  28. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Bezek
  29. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 11:8
  32. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 80

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, Khirbet Ibziq), 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.

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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.