Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-car, Beth Car, Beth Kar
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Lower Beth-horon (ancient): 25% confidence
    1. historical panorama of Beit Ur al TahtaBeit Ur al Tahta

  2. Ein Karim (modern): 20% confidence
    1. cityscape of Ein KarimEin Karim

Verses (1)

1Sam 7:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-car (2007)Beth-car
OpenBible.infoa5f4608 (Beth-car)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_500
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Beth Car (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-car (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-car
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011): map 95
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Car
  5. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 7:11
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Car
  8. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-car
  9. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-car
  10. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 7:11

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.

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Matson Photo Service, photographer, Gila Brand


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.