Places in the Bible Today:

Beth-shemesh 1

Data

Translated NamesBeth-shemesh, Beth-Shemesh, Beth-shemite, Beth Shemesh
Typesettlement
Notesin Judah
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

1 Identification

  1. Tel Bet Shemesh (modern): 90% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tel Bet ShemeshTel Bet Shemesh

Verses (17)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 15:10, 21:16
1Sam-Esth (15)
1Sam 6:9, 6:12, 6:13, 6:14, 6:15, 6:18, 6:19, 6:20
1Kgs 4:9
2Kgs 14:11, 14:13
1Chr 6:59
2Chr 25:21, 25:23, 28:18

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Biblemapper.com254
Logos FactbookBeth-shemesh (of Judah)
OpenBible.info (2007)Beth-shemesh 1
OpenBible.infoa3b5b53 (Beth-shemesh 1)
TIPNRBeth-shemesh@Jos.15.10
UBS Names Databaseot ID_522
WikidataQ152449

Sources

  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-shemesh (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Shemesh
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-shemesh
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Shemesh
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:10; 1Sam 6:7-12
  9. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 6:7-9
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-shemesh
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beth-shemesh
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beth-shemesh
  13. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 79
  16. Howard, Joshua (1998): 12:9-24 Excursus: Identifying Geographical Entities
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Shemesh
  18. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:5b-11; 1Sam 6:9
  19. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-shemesh of Judah
  20. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 66
  21. New Bible Atlas (1985): Beth-shemesh
  22. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-shemesh
  23. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  24. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  25. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  26. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-shemesh
  27. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet Semes
  28. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-shemesh
  29. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:9-11
  30. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-shemesh
  31. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  33. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 15:5; 2Kgs 14:11; 2Chr 25:17-24
  34. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 85

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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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AVRAHAM GRAICER

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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.