Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesMorashtite, Morasthite, Moresheth, Moresheth-Gath, Moresheth-gath, Moresheth Gath, Moreshite
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Goded (modern): 50% confidence
    1. cave at Tel GodedTel Goded

  2. Tel Zayit (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel ZayitTel Zayit

  3. Tell Eton (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. artifact from Tell EtonTell Eton

  4. another name for Mareshah (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. cave at Tel MareshaTel Maresha

Verses (3)

  1. Jer 26:18
  2. Mic 1:1, 1:14

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMoresheth (2007)Moresheth, Moresheth-gath
OpenBible.infoa6ac675 (Moresheth-gath)
TIPNRMoresheth-gath@Mic.1.14, Moresheth@Jer.26.18
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1710


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 439
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Moresheth (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Moresheth, Moresheth Gath
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Moresheth-gath
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 180
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Moresheth
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Moresheth, Moresheth-gath
  10. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Moresheth-gath
  11. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Moresheth, Moresheth-gath
  12. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  13. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  14. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 82
  15. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Moresheth-gath
  16. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Moresheth-(Gath)
  17. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Mic 1:1
  18. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 214, 215
  19. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 6
  20. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Moresheth-gath
  21. New Bible Atlas (1985): Moresheth-gath
  22. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Moresheth-gath
  23. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  24. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  25. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  26. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Moresheth-gath
  27. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Moresheth-gath
  28. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Moresheth-gath
  29. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Moresheth-gath
  30. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  32. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Jer 26:18; Mic 1:1
  33. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 189

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, Tel Goded), 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

Deror avi, Hanay, Hanay, עומר מרקובסקי


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.