Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesChesalon, Kesalon
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Kesla (modern): 70% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around KeslaKesla

  2. on Mount Jearim (ancient): less than 10% confidence

Verses (1)

Josh 15:10

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookChesalon (2007)Chesalon
OpenBible.infoa42c452 (Chesalon)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1580


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 433
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Chesalon (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Kesalon
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Chesalon
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Chesalon
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Chesalon
  9. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Chesalon
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Chesalon
  14. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 65
  15. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Chesalon
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Chesalon
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Chesalon
  19. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kesalon
  20. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Chasalon
  21. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Chesalon
  22. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:9-11
  23. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Chesalon
  24. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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, Kesla), 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. 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.