Places in the Bible Today:

Beth-shemesh 2


Translated NamesBeth-shemesh, Beth Shemesh
Notesin Issachar
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Sheikh esh Shamsawi (modern): 45% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Sheikh esh ShamsawiSheikh esh Shamsawi

  2. El Abeidiyeh (modern): 20% confidence
    1. panorama of El AbeidiyehEl Abeidiyeh

  3. Tell esh Shamsiya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell esh ShamsiyaTell esh Shamsiya

Verses (1)

Josh 19:22

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-shemesh (of Issachar) (2007)Beth-shemesh 2
OpenBible.infoa3bb26d (Beth-shemesh 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_522


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-shemesh (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-shemesh
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Shemesh
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-shemesh
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beth-shemesh
  9. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beth-shemesh
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 21
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Shemesh
  13. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  14. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-shemesh
  15. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  16. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-shemesh
  17. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet Semes
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-shemesh
  19. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-shemesh
  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, 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay


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.