Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesMigdal-el, Migdal El
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Majdel Selem (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Majdel SelemMajdel Selem

  2. within 20 km of Yiron (ancient): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Yarunwithin 20 km of Yarun

  3. Khirbet el Mejdel (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MejdelKhirbet el Mejdel

  4. another name for Magadan (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at MajdalMajdal

    2. panorama of part of the eastern side of the Sea of Galileealong the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee

  5. another name for Magdala (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at MajdalMajdal

Verses (1)

Josh 19:38

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMigdal-el (2007)Migdal-el
OpenBible.infoa5f0bc3 (Migdal-el)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1677
WikipediaMigdol (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Migdal-el (place)
  2. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 160
  3. Butler, Joshua 13-24 (2017): table 19.4
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Migdal-El
  6. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 23
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Migdal-El
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Migdal-el
  11. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  12. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Migdal El
  13. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Migdal-el
  14. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:38
  15. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Migdal-el
  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 (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, 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, AVRAMGR, Hanay


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.