Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesDabbasheth, Dabbesheth
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1 Identification

  1. Tel Shem (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel ShemTel Shem

Verses (1)

Josh 19:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookDabbesheth (2007)Dabbesheth
OpenBible.infoa411151 (Dabbesheth)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_791


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 433
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Dabbesheth (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Dabbesheth
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Dabbesheth
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:11
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Dabbesheth
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Dabbesheth
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Dabbesheth
  13. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:11
  14. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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.

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.