Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameHosah
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tell Rachidiyeh (modern): 65% confidence
    1. artifact from Tell RachidiyehTell Rachidiyeh

  2. Khirbet el Hos (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el HosKhirbet el Hos

  3. another name for Tyre (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at TyreTyre

  4. Kefr Yasif (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cemetery at Kefr YasifKefr Yasif

Verses (1)

Josh 19:29

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHosah (town) (2007)Hosah
OpenBible.infoa2feddf (Hosah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1105
WikipediaHosah (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 436
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Hosah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Uzu
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Hosah (place)
  5. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 22
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Hosah
  8. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 3
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:29
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Hosah
  12. 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 (in this case, Tell Rachidiyeh), 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

RomanDeckert, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Vyacheslav Argenberg, צלם


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.