Places in the Bible Today:

Beer 2


Translated NameBeer
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. El Bira (modern): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around El BiraEl Bira

  2. another name for Beeroth (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape looking south including Khirbet el Burj at the top of the hill at centerKhirbet el Burj

    2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

    3. building at Nabi SamwilNabi Samwil

    4. cityscape of BidduBiddu

    5. satellite view of the region around Ras et TahunehRas et Tahuneh

    6. well at El JibEl Jib

    7. satellite view of the region around Khirbet RaddanaKhirbet Raddana

    8. aerial panorama of Tell en NasbehTell en Nasbeh

Verses (1)

Judg 9:21

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier (2007)Beer 2
OpenBible.infoa520374 (Beer 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_434
WikipediaBeer (biblical place) (partial,redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beer
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 9:21
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 335
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  11. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  12. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beer
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  14. 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, El Bira), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Ori~, יעקב, Alexey Goral, יעקב, Ar2332, דניאל צבי


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.