Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesIphtah, Jephthah, Jiphtah
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Tarqumiyeh (modern): 20% confidence
    1. streetscape of TarqumiyehTarqumiyeh

  2. Jebel Salih (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Jebel SalihJebel Salih

  3. Atar Nehusha (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Atar NehushaAtar Nehusha

Verses (1)

Josh 15:43

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookIphtah (2007)Iphtah
OpenBible.infoa67bd13 (Iphtah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1415
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Iphtah (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Iphtah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Iphtah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Iphtah
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 142
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Iphtah
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Iphtah
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Iphtah
  9. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 215, 216
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Iphtah
  12. 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

أمين, 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.