Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesGibeah of God, Gibeath-elohim, hill of God
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Gibeah 1 (ancient): 40% confidence. It may be:
    1. building at Tel el FulTel el Ful

    2. cityscape of JabaJaba

  2. another name for Geba 1 (ancient): 25% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of JabaJaba

    2. building at Tel el FulTel el Ful

  3. Nabi Samwil (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at Nabi SamwilNabi Samwil

  4. Ramallah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of RamallahRamallah

  5. another name for Gibeon (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. well at El JibEl Jib

Verses (1)

1Sam 10:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGibeath-elohim (2007)Gibeath-elohim
OpenBible.infoa45b692 (Gibeath-elohim)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Gibeath-elohim (place)
  2. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Gibeath-Elohim
  4. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 13:2-10
  6. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 10:5-6
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Gibeath, Gibeath-elohim
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Gibeath-Elohim
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 10:5
  11. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Gibeath-elohim
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Gibeath-elohim
  13. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Gibeath-elohim
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gibeath-elohim
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Gibeath
  16. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Gibeah of God
  17. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 10:5

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, 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Eli.berckovitz, יעקב, Alexey Goral, Soman, Ar2332


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.