Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameUz
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

6 Possible Identifications

  1. in Edom (ancient): 40% confidence
    1. ruins at Buseirain Edom

  2. Wadi Sirhan (modern): 30% confidence
    1. panorama of a rock in Wadi SirhanWadi Sirhan

  3. another name for Hauran (ancient): 25% confidence
    1. natural area in HauranHauran

  4. another name for the Negeb (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in the NegebNegeb

  5. about 30 km around Al Shaykh Saad (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. historical cityscape illustration of Al Shaykh Saadabout 30 km around Al Shaykh Saad

  6. another name for Edom (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at BuseiraEdom

Verses (3)

  1. Job 1:1
  2. Jer 25:20
  3. Lam 4:21

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookUz (2007)Uz
OpenBible.infoa324c4d (Uz)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2152


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Uz (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Uz
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Uz
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Uz (place)
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Uz
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Uz
  8. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Jer 25:19-26; Job 1:1
  9. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Uz
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Uz
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Uz (Place)
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Uz
  15. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  16. 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, 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

Uri, Ahmad.badwan, Ahmad Telfah, ליאור גולגר, Gottlieb Schumacher


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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.