Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesTel-melah, Tel Melah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. within 50 km of Nippur (modern): 40% confidence
    1. building at Nippurwithin 50 km of Nippur

  2. another name for Thelme (ancient): 35% confidence
    1. cityscape of SamawahSamawah

Verses (2)

  1. Ezra 2:59
  2. Neh 7:61

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookTel-melah (2007)Tel-melah
OpenBible.infoa2b5ee9 (Tel-melah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_3053


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Tel-melah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Tel Melah
  3. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Tel-Melah
  5. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  6. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Tel-melah
  7. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Tel-melah
  8. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Jasmine N. Walthall, U.S. Army, Hayderaziz


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.