Places in the Bible Today:



Translated Namesentrance of Hamath, entrance to Hamath, Hamath, Hemath, Lebo-Hamath, Lebo-hamath, Lebo Hamath
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Labweh (modern): 75% confidence
    1. cityscape of LabwehLabweh

  2. not a proper name (entrance to Hamath): 15% confidence
  3. another name for Riblah 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around RablehRableh

  4. Labau (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around LabauLabau

Verses (12)

Gen-Deut (2)
Num 13:21, 34:8
Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 13:5
Judg 3:3
1Sam-Esth (4)
1Kgs 8:65
2Kgs 14:25
1Chr 13:5
2Chr 7:8
Job-Mal (4)
Ezek 47:15, 47:20, 48:1
Amos 6:14

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookLebo-Hamath (2007)Lebo-hamath
OpenBible.infoa5eb047 (Lebo-hamath)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1084


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 439
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Lobo-hamath
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Lebo Hamath
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Lebo Hamath
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Hamath
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Kgs 14:25 note; Josh 13:5; Judg 3:3-4
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Lebo-hamath
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Lebo-hamath
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Lebo-hamath
  13. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  14. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 6
  15. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Lebo-hamath
  16. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 67
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  18. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Num 13:21-22
  19. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Lebo-hamath
  20. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Lebo Hamath
  21. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  22. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Lebo Hamat
  23. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 13:5
  24. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Lebo-hamath
  25. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  26. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Lebo Hamath
  27. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 3:3; Judg 3:3; 1Kgs 8:65
  28. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 116

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, Labweh), 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

Jaclette, 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.