Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesShalisha, Shalishah
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1 Identification

  1. about 15 km around Baal-shalishah (ancient): 60% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of Kafr Thulthabout 15 km around Kafr Thulth

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Sirisyeabout 15 km around Khirbet Sirisye

    3. panorama of Khirbet Marjame, which is on the hill in the midgroundabout 15 km around Khirbet Marjame

    4. panorama of Ein Samia, which is at centerabout 15 km around Ein Samia

Verses (1)

1Sam 9:4

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShalishah (2007)Shalishah
OpenBible.infoa25f8e2 (Shalishah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2895


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Shalishah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shalisha
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shalishah
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Shalishah
  6. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 9:3-4
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shalisha (Land of)
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shalishah
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 9:4-5
  11. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Shalishah
  12. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Shalishah
  13. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  14. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  15. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Shalisha, Land of
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 9:4

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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

עדירל, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Lipkin.Aaron, Basheer.f


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.