Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesElteke, Eltekeh
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Shalaf (modern): 45% confidence
    1. building at Tel ShalafTel Shalaf

  2. Tell Melat (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. summit of Tell MelatTell Melat

  3. Tel Miqne (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel MiqneTel Miqne

Verses (2)

Josh 19:44, 21:23

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEltekeh (2007)Elteke, Eltekeh
OpenBible.infoa3c4559 (Eltekeh)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_281


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 434
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Eltekeh (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): El-teke, Eltekeh
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Eltekeh
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Eltekeh
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Eltekeh
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 24
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Eltekeh
  13. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 21:3-40
  14. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 145
  15. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  16. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Eltekeh
  17. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  18. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  19. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Eltekeh
  20. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Elteqe
  21. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Eltekeh
  22. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:44
  23. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:20-26
  26. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 132

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, Tel Shalaf), 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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ekeidar, Avi1111, Bukvoed


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.