Places in the Bible Today:
|Notes||the identification of Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010) (Gedor) with "Khirbet Gadeirah, north of el-Jib" is possibly Jedireh, as it’s located just northeast. However, it’s a modern settlement, not a ruin. Khirbet Judeira, on the other hand, which International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979) (Gedor) mentions as a possibility, is 10km west-northwest, not north. Other sources use Gibeon (i.e., El Jib) as a reference when referring to Jedireh but don’t call it a khirbet. Demsky, Genealogy of Gibeon (1971) (page 22), from 1971, supports the identification with Jedireh ("Perhaps Judeira, 3 kilometers northeast of El-Jib"); Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010) (Gedor)’s identification carries over unchanged from Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible (1975) (Gedor); however, Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible (1975) mentions both "modern Jedireh and Khirbet Gudeira," so on balance I think Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010) (Gedor) is probably referring to Khirbet Judeira|
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|Logos Factbook||Gedor (Jeroham’s home)|
|OpenBible.info (2007)||Gedor 1|
|OpenBible.info||a47678a (Gedor 4)|
|UBS Names Database||ot ID_684|
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, another name for Gedor 1), 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.
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.
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