Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameKerioth
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. Al Qurayyat (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Al QurayyatAl Qurayyat

  2. another name for Ar (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around MisnaMisna

    2. ruins at Khirbet al BaluaKhirbet al Balua

    3. ruins at RabbaRabba

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MedeinehKhirbet el Medeineh

    5. castle at KerakKerak

  3. Aleiyan (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around AleiyanAleiyan

  4. another name for Kir-hareseth (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. castle at KerakKerak

  5. not a proper name (cities): less than 10% confidence
  6. Es Saliyeh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Es SaliyehEs Saliyeh

Verses (3)

  1. Jer 48:24, 48:41
  2. Amos 2:2

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKerioth (2007)Kerioth
OpenBible.infoa2d84de (Kerioth)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2634
WikipediaKerioth (partial)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kerioth (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Kerioth
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Kerioth
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Kerioth
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 277
  11. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kerioth
  12. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Jer 48:21-24; Jer 48:41
  13. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Kerioth
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Kerioth
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Kerioth
  16. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  17. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Kerioth
  18. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Amos 2:2-3
  19. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kerioth
  20. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Qeriyyot
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kerioth
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Jer 48:41

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, Al Qurayyat), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bashar Tabbah, Dennis Jarvis, Berthold Werner


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.