Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBaal-hamon, Baal Hamon
Typessettlement or structure
Notesmay be a reference a harem in Jerusalem
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. in Jerusalem (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. aerial cityscape of Jerusalemin Jerusalem

  2. not a place (poetic): less than 10% confidence
  3. another name for Belamon (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tel Abel Beth MaacahTel Abel Beth Maacah

  4. another name for Hammon 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. artifact from Umm el AwamidUmm el Awamid

  5. Khirbet Belameh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet BelamehKhirbet Belameh

Verses (1)

Song 8:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBaal-hamon (2007)Baal-hamon
OpenBible.infoa304bb7 (Baal-hamon)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_582
WikidataQ83879 (not)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Baal-hamon (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Baal Hamon
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Baal-Hamon
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Song 8:11-12
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Baal-hamon
  6. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Song 8:11
  7. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Baal-hamon
  8. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  9. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  10. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Song 8:11

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

Godot13, Tel Abel Beth Maacah Excavations, Rama, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.