Places in the Bible Today:

Shihor 1


Translated NamesNile, Shihor, Shihor Brook, Shihor River, Sihor
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Pelusiac branch of the Nile (modern): 45% confidence
    1. ruins at Qantir along the Pelusiac branch of the NilePelusiac branch of the Nile

  2. Wadi al Arish (modern): 20% confidence
    1. mouth of Wadi al ArishWadi al Arish

  3. another name for the Brook of Egypt (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. mouth of Wadi al ArishWadi al Arish

    2. closeup of Nahal HaBesorNahal HaBesor

    3. ruins at Qantir along the Pelusiac branch of the NilePelusiac branch of the Nile

  4. another name for the Nile (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of the Nile RiverNile River

  5. not a proper name (may be a general reference to waters near the Nile): less than 10% confidence

Verses (2)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 13:3
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Chr 13:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShihor (2007)Nile, Shihor
OpenBible.infoa305f43 (Shihor 1)
TIPNRBrook_of_Egypt@Num.34.5, Nile@Gen.41.1


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Shihor (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shihor
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shihor, Sihor
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011): Shihor
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Shihor
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 13:3; 2Sam 16:1-5
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shihor (The)
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Shihor
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Shihor
  10. Howard, Joshua (1998): 13:2-5
  11. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shihor
  12. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Isa 23:3
  13. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Shihor
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Shihor, Sihor
  15. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Shihor
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Shihor
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Shihor
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Shihor
  19. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 13:3
  20. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Sihor
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Shihor
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Shihor
  23. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 13:3

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.

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Iri-en-achti, اسماء البيك, Mboesch, René Hourdry


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.