Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesRehoboth, Rehoboth-Ir, Rehoboth-ir, Rehoboth Ir
Typesdistrict in settlement or settlement
Notescould be part of or a suburb of Nineveh rather than a proper name
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. in Nineveh (ancient): 55% confidence
    1. artifact from Ninevehin Nineveh

  2. another name for Nineveh (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. artifact from NinevehNineveh

  3. in Calah (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Nimrudin Nimrud

  4. another name for Asshur (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of AssurAssur

Verses (1)

Gen 10:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRehoboth-Ir (2007)Rehoboth-Ir
OpenBible.infoa260ff1 (Rehoboth-Ir)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2678
WikipediaRehoboth (Bible) (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Rehoboth-ir (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Rehoboth Ir
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Rehoboth-ir
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Rehoboth-Ir
  5. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 10:11-12
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Rehoboth-ir
  7. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 10:11-12 note
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Rehoboth-ir
  10. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 10:8-12
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Rehoboth-ir
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Rehoboth-ir
  15. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 10:11
  16. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 10:11
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 10:11

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, in Nineveh), 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

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), Staff Sgt. JoAnn Makinano, Véronique Dauge


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.