Places in the Bible Today:

Bethuel

Data

Translated NameBethuel
Typesettlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Bethel 2 (ancient): 35% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QaryateinKhirbet el Qaryatein

    2. historical panorama of Khirbet et TubeiqaKhirbet et Tubeiqa

    3. building at Umm BatinTell Umm Betin

  2. Khirbet ar Ras (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet ar RasKhirbet ar Ras

  3. Khirbet el Qaryatein (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QaryateinKhirbet el Qaryatein

  4. Tel Kelekh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel KelekhTel Kelekh

  5. Tell es Saqati (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell es SaqatiTell es Saqati

Verses (1)

1Chr 4:30

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Logos FactbookBethuel (village)
OpenBible.info (2007)Bethuel
OpenBible.infoa55cec0 (Bethuel)
TIPNRBethuel@1Ch.4.30
UBS Names Databaseot ID_659
WikipediaBethuel (partial)

Sources

  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Bethuel
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bethuel, Bethul
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Bethuel (place)
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Bethuel
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Bethuel
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Bethuel
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 100, 101
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Bethuel
  10. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  11. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Bethuel
  12. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Bethuel, Bethul (Place)
  13. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:30
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  15. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Willem van de Poll, MidEastMedStudent

About

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.