Places in the Bible Today:

Kanah 1


Translated NamesBrook Kanah, Brook of Kanah, Kanah, Kanah Ravine, Valley of Kanah, Wadi Kanah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Wadi Qana (modern): 70% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Wadi QanaWadi Qana

  2. Yarkon River (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of the Yarkon RiverYarkon River

Verses (2)

Josh 16:8, 17:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookKanah (2007)Kanah 1
OpenBible.infoa373106 (Kanah 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2616
WikipediaKanah (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kanah (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Kanah
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kanah
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 16:5-9
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kanah
  7. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Kanah
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Kanah
  9. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 16
  10. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  11. Howard, Joshua (1998): 16:8a
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kanah
  13. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  14. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Kanah
  15. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  16. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kanah
  17. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Nahal Qana
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Kanah
  19. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kanah
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. 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, Wadi Qana), 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

גיא אביב, Giladtop


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.