Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBor Hasirah, Sirah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Ain Sarah (modern): 50% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ain SarahAin Sarah

  2. Serit el Bella (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Serit el BellaSerit el Bella

Verses (1)

2Sam 3:26

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookCistern of Sirah (2007)Sirah
OpenBible.infoa63b8c7 (Sirah)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Sirah, cistern of (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Sirah, Cistern of
  3. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Sam 3:22-27
  4. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 2Sam 3:26
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Sirah
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Sirah, cistern of
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Sirah
  10. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sirah, Well of
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Sirah
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Sam 3:26

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, Ain Sarah), 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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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.