Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesMigdal-gad, Migdal Gad
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet el Mejdeleh (modern): 35% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MejdelehKhirbet el Mejdeleh

  2. Tel Hasi (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel HasiTel Hasi

  3. Ed Dawaimeh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at Ed DawaimehEd Dawaimeh

Verses (1)

Josh 15:37

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMigdal-gad (2007)Migdal-gad
OpenBible.infoa571ca0 (Migdal-gad)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1678


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 439
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Migdal-gad (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Migdal-gad
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Migdal-Gad
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Migdal-gad
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  10. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  11. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Migdal-Gad
  12. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 191, 192
  13. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 6
  14. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  15. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Migdal-gad
  16. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Migdal-gad
  17. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:37
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. 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, boslior, Orest2000


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.