Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameAhlab
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet al Mahalib (modern): 70% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al MahalibKhirbet al Mahalib

  2. Ras el Biyada (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ras el BiyadaRas el Biyada

Verses (1)

Judg 1:31

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAhlab (2007)Ahlab
OpenBible.infoa36348c (Ahlab)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_174


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 430
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ahlab (place); Mahalab (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ahlab
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ahlab
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Mahalab
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Ahlab
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 22
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ahlab
  13. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ahlab
  14. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  15. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ahlab
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ahlab
  17. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:29
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 1:31

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, Khirbet al Mahalib), 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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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.