Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameGerar
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Haror (modern): 70% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel HarorTel Haror

  2. Tell esh Sharia (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tell esh ShariaTell esh Sharia

  3. Tell Tuweiyil (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell TuweiyilTell Tuweiyil

  4. Tell Jemmeh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of ruins at Tell JemmehTell Jemmeh

Verses (9)

Gen-Deut (7)
Gen 10:19, 20:1, 20:2, 26:1, 26:6, 26:20, 26:26
1Sam-Esth (2)
2Chr 14:13, 14:14

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGerar (2007)Gerar
OpenBible.infoa3f5814 (Gerar)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_765


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 435
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Gerar (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Gerar
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Gerar
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Gerar
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Gerar
  9. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Gerar
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 99
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Gerar
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 20:1; 2Chr 14:12-14
  15. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 20:1-2; 20:1-2 note 480
  16. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 91
  17. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  18. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Gerar
  19. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  20. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  21. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Gerar
  22. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 85
  23. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Gerar
  24. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gerar
  25. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 10:19
  26. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 10:19
  27. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Gerar
  28. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Gerar
  29. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 20:1
  32. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 53

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 Haror), 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

Aaadir, Danny Gershoni, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, 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.