Places in the Bible Today:

Rabbah 2


Translated NameRabbah
Notesin Judah
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Hamideh (modern): 30% confidence
    1. panorama of a region including Khirbet Hamideh, which is not visible beyond the Latrun monasteryKhirbet Hamideh

  2. within 7 km of Kiriath-jearim (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. church at Deir el Azarwithin 7 km of Deir el Azar

  3. Horbat Darban (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Horbat DarbanHorbat Darban

  4. Tell el Kokah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell el KokahTell el Kokah

Verses (1)

Josh 15:60

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRabbah (town) (2007)Rabbah
OpenBible.infoa28d652 (Rabbah 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2662
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 441
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Rabbah (place)
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011): map 132
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Rabbah
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Rabbah
  6. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991): Rabbah
  7. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Rabbah
  9. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 286, 287, 288
  10. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Rabbah
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Rabbah
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Rabbah
  13. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Rabbah
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Rabbah
  15. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): ha-Rabba
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Rabbah
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Rabbah
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Rabbah (Judah)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Rabbah (Judah)

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

AVRAMGR, Bahnfrend, Zarmi, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.