Places in the Bible Today:

Brook of the Arabah

Data

Translated NamesArabah Valley, Brook of the Arabah, brook of the Arabah, Valley of the Arabah, valley of the Arabah, Wadi Arabah, wadi of the Arabah
Typesbody of water, region, river, or wadi
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

7 Possible Identifications

  1. Wadi Kofrein (modern): 15% confidence
    1. bridge at the mouth of Wadi KofreinWadi Kofrein

  2. Wadi Qelt (modern): 15% confidence
    1. canyon of Wadi QeltWadi Qelt

  3. another name for the Brook of Egypt (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. mouth of Wadi al ArishWadi al Arish

    2. closeup of Nahal HaBesorNahal HaBesor

    3. ruins at Qantir along the Pelusiac branch of the NilePelusiac branch of the Nile

    4. panorama of the Nile RiverNile River

  4. another name for the Brook of the Willows (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of cliffs along Wadi al HasaWadi al Hasa

    2. canyon of Wadi QeltWadi Qelt

    3. bridge at the mouth of Wadi KofreinWadi Kofrein

  5. another name for the Zered (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of cliffs along Wadi al HasaWadi al Hasa

  6. another name for the Salt Sea (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of the Dead SeaDead Sea

  7. between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama in the region between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqababetween the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba

Verses (1)

Amos 6:14

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Logos FactbookBrook of the Arabah
OpenBible.info (2007)Brook of the Arabah
OpenBible.infoa5983ec (Brook of the Arabah)
TIPNRBrook_of_the_Arabah@Amo.6.14

Sources

  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Arabah, Brook of the (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Brook of the Arabah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Arabah, Brook of the
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Arabah, Wadi
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Arabah (Brook of the)
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Brook of the Arabah
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Arabah
  8. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Arabah, Brook of the
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Arabah, Wadi
  10. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Arabah
  11. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Arabah, Brook (Wadi) of the

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

עידו, Hardscarf, اسماء البيك, Mboesch, Iri-en-achti, René Hourdry, Adeeb Atwan, Mujaddara, אירית לוי

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.