Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesJebus, Jebusi, Jebusite, Jebusites
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Jerusalem (ancient): 85% confidence
    1. aerial cityscape of JerusalemJerusalem

  2. another name for the City of David (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. tilt-shift cityscape of the City of DavidCity of David

  3. Shufat (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of ShufatShufat

Verses (7)

Josh-Ruth (5)
Josh 15:8, 18:16, 18:28
Judg 19:10, 19:11
1Sam-Esth (2)
1Chr 11:4, 11:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookJebus (2007)Jebus, Jebusite
OpenBible.infoa403c45 (Jebus)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1219


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 437
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Jebus (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Jebus; Jebusites
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Jebus
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Jebus
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Jebus
  7. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Jebus
  8. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 18
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. Howard, Joshua (1998): 11:3
  11. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Jebus
  12. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:5b-11; Judg 19:10
  13. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Jebus
  14. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 348
  15. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Jebus
  16. New Bible Atlas (1985): page 102
  17. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  18. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  19. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Jebus
  20. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Jebus
  21. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Jebus
  22. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Jebus
  23. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:7-8 note 21
  24. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Jebus
  25. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  26. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 92

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, another name for Jerusalem), 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Godot13, Avraham Graicer, Ynhockey


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.