Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesMichmethah, Michmethath, Micmethath, Mikmethath
Typesmountain, river, or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet en Nabi (modern): 30% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet en NabiKhirbet en Nabi

  2. Khirbet Ibn Naser (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Ibn NaserKhirbet Ibn Naser

  3. Mount Kabir (modern): 15% confidence
    1. panorama of Mount KabirMount Kabir

  4. Wadi Bedan (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Wadi BedanWadi Bedan

  5. not a proper name (geographical landmark): less than 10% confidence

Verses (2)

Josh 16:6, 17:7

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMichmethath (2007)Michmethath
OpenBible.infoa2f0a70 (Michmethath)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1760
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Michmethath (anchor)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 439
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Michmethath (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Michmethath
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Michmethath
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 16:5-9
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Michmethath
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 13
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 147
  13. Howard, Joshua (1998): 16:6-7 note 140
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Michmethath
  15. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Michmethath
  17. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Michmethath
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Michmethath
  19. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 16:6 note 1
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  22. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 16:6-7

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, יעקב, Raed Azmi Hamouda


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.