Places in the Bible Today:

Helbah

Data

Translated NameHelbah
Typesettlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ahlab (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al MahalibKhirbet al Mahalib

    2. satellite view of the region around Ras el BiyadaRas el Biyada

  2. another name for Mahalab (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al MahalibKhirbet al Mahalib

    2. satellite view of the region around Ras el BiyadaRas el Biyada

Verses (1)

Judg 1:31

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Logos FactbookHelbah
OpenBible.info (2007)Helbah
OpenBible.infoa3cb036 (Helbah)
TIPNRHelbah@Jdg.1.31
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1045
WikidataQ16887386

Sources

  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Helbah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Helbah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Helbah
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Helbah
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Mahalab
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Helbah
  9. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Helbah
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Helbah
  13. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Helbah
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Helbah
  15. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  17. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 1:31

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications 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 (in this case, another name for Ahlab), 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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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019

About

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.