Places in the Bible Today:

Mount Shepher


Translated NamesMount Shapher, Mount Shepher, Shapher
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. within 50 km of Haradah (ancient): more than 95% confidence. It may be:
    1. beginning of Wadi Lussan at Makhtesh Ramonwithin 50 km of Wadi Lussan

    2. satellite view of the region around Jebel Aradehwithin 50 km of Jebel Aradeh

    3. satellite view of the region around Jebel Araif en Nakahwithin 50 km of Jebel Araif en Nakah

  2. Jebel Araif en Nakah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Jebel Araif en NakahJebel Araif en Nakah

Verses (2)

Num 33:23, 33:24

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMount Shepher (2007)Mount Shepher
OpenBible.infoa39fe14 (Mount Shepher)


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shepher, Mount
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shepher, Mount
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shepher (Mount)
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shepher
  5. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Shepher
  6. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Shepher, Mount
  7. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Shapher
  8. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Shepher, Mount
  9. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Shepher

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, within 50 km of Haradah), 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

Mboesch, 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.