Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesArva, Ava, Avva
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ivvah (ancient): 60% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Kafr AyaKafr Aya

    2. satellite view of the region around ImmaImma

    3. panorama of the Karkheh Riveralong the Karkheh River

    4. closeup of the Karun Riveralong the Karun River

  2. another name for Ama (ancient): 25% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of the Karkheh Riveralong the Karkheh River

    2. closeup of the Karun Riveralong the Karun River

Verses (1)

2Kgs 17:24

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAvva (2007)Avva
OpenBible.infoa4b500d (Avva)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2142


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Avva (place)
  2. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Avva
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Avva
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ivvah
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Avva
  8. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Kgs 17:24
  9. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Avva
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Avva
  11. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Avva
  12. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Avva
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ava
  14. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 17:24

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, another name for Ivvah), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Unknown author, matin fattahi


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.