Places in the Bible Today:

West Gate


Translated NameWest Gate
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Shallecheth (ancient): 50% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial cityscape of Jerusalemin Jerusalem

    2. ruins at the Israelite TowerIsraelite Tower

  2. in Jerusalem (ancient): 30% confidence
    1. aerial cityscape of Jerusalemin Jerusalem

  3. another name for the Parbar (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial cityscape of Jerusalemin Jerusalem

Verses (1)

1Chr 26:16

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShallecheth Gate
OpenBible.infoa61d405 (West Gate)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  4. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016)
  5. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  6. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  7. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  8. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  9. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  10. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Chr 26:16

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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Godot13, Ranbar


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.