Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAscent of Ziz, Pass of Ziz, Ziz
Typesregion or wadi
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Wadi Hasasah (modern): 65% confidence
    1. panorama of cliffs at the mouth of Wadi HasasahWadi Hasasah

  2. another name for Engedi (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. waterfall at Ein GediEin Gedi

Verses (1)

2Chr 20:16

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAscent of Ziz (2007)Ziz
OpenBible.infoa4446f1 (Ziz)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2509
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Ziz (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ziz, Ascent of (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Ziz
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ziz
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 185
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ziz
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Chr 20:16
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ziz
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Ziz
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ziz, Ascent of
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Chr 20:16
  12. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ziz
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Ziz
  14. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  15. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ziz, Ascent of
  16. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ziz, Ascent of
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ziz
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. 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, Wadi Hasasah), 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

V&A Dudush, Grauesel


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.