Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameHumtah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. within 14 km of Hebron (ancient): 80% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel Rumeidawithin 14 km of Tel Rumeida

  2. Khirbet al Hadab (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al HadabKhirbet al Hadab

Verses (1)

Josh 15:54

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHumtah (2007)Humtah
OpenBible.infoa5a846f (Humtah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1080
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Humtah (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Humtah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Humtah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Humtah
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Humtah
  5. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Humtah
  6. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 249
  7. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Humtah
  8. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Humtah
  10. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Humtah
  11. 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, within 14 km of Hebron), 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

Dr. Avishai Teicher, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.