Places in the Bible Today:

Beth-shan

Data

Translated NamesBeth-Sean, Beth-shan, Beth-Shean, Beth-shean, Beth Shan, Beth Shean
Typesettlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

1 Identification

  1. Tel Bet Shean (modern): 90% confidence
    1. panorama of ruins at Tel Bet SheanTel Bet Shean

Verses (8)

Josh-Ruth (3)
Josh 17:11, 17:16
Judg 1:27
1Sam-Esth (5)
1Sam 31:10, 31:12
2Sam 21:12
1Kgs 4:12
1Chr 7:29

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Biblemapper.com253
Logos FactbookBeth-Shan
OpenBible.info (2007)Beth-shan, Beth-shean
OpenBible.infoa2a8df0 (Beth-shan)
TIPNRBeth-shan@1Sa.31.10
UBS Names Databaseot ID_513, ot ID_514
WikidataQ152368

Sources

  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-shan (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Shan
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-shan
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 148
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Shan
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 17:11-13
  10. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 31:10
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-shan
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beth-shan
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beth-shan
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 17
  16. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  17. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 24
  18. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Shean
  19. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 1:27
  20. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-shean
  21. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  22. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Shan
  23. New Bible Atlas (1985): Bethshan
  24. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Bethshean, Bethshan
  25. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  26. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  27. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  28. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-shan
  29. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 200
  30. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Beth-shan
  31. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Beth-shan, Beth-shean
  32. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet Sean
  33. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-shan
  34. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 17:10-11
  35. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-shan
  36. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  37. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  38. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 17:11; 1Sam 3:10
  39. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 402

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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

A.Sobkowski

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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.