Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesJorkeam, Jorkoam
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Jokdeam (ancient): 35% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet er RaqqaKhirbet er Raqqa

  2. not a place (person): 30% confidence
  3. Khirbet er Raqqa (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet er RaqqaKhirbet er Raqqa

Verses (1)

1Chr 2:44

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookJorkeam
OpenBible.infoa2b389a (Jorkeam)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Jorkeam (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Jorkeam
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Jorkeam
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Jokdeam
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Jorkeam
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Jorkeam
  7. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 257
  8. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Jorkoam
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Jorkeam
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Jorkeam
  11. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Jorkeam, Jorkoam
  12. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Yorqeam
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Jorkoam
  14. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Jorkeam
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Jorkeam

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

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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.