Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesRacal, Rachal, Rakal
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1 Identification

  1. another name for Carmel 1 (ancient): 65% confidence
    1. pool at Khirbet el KirmilKhirbet el Kirmil

Verses (1)

1Sam 30:29

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRacal (2007)Racal
OpenBible.infoa446973 (Racal)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2692
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Racal (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Racal (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Racal
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Racal
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 30:26-31
  5. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 30:29
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Racal
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 252
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Racal
  11. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Rachal
  12. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  13. 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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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.