Places in the Bible Today:

Goiim 2


Translated NamesGoiim, Goyim
Typesregion or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Galilee 2 (ancient): 30% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of hills in GalileeGalilee

    2. cityscape of JiljuliyehJiljuliyeh

  2. in Galilee 1 (ancient): 25% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in Galileein Galilee

  3. another name for Harosheth-hagoyim (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. closeup of Tel RegevTel Regev

    2. ruins at AhwatAhwat

    3. panorama of a region in the southern Jezreel Valleysouthern Jezreel Valley

    4. aerial panorama looking southeast at part of the plain between Taanach and Megiddoplain between Taanach and Megiddo

    5. cityscape looking southeast including Khirbet el Harithiyeh, which is not visible by the large white building at the middle rightKhirbet el Harithiyeh

    6. panorama of Tell AmrTell Amr

  4. Jiljilyya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of JiljilyyaJiljilyya

  5. not a place (people group): less than 10% confidence

Verses (1)

Josh 12:23

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGoiim (2007)Goiim
OpenBible.infoa3cefc6 (Goiim 2)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 12:23
  5. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 4
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  8. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 12:23
  9. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016)
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 12:23

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

מלאק אבו גוש, Ariel Palmon, Hanay, Bukvoed, Sonofliberty, Golf Bravo, ג’ון דודו, שועל, עדירל


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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.