Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBaal-perazim, Baal-Perazim, Baal Perazim
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Ez Zuhur (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ez ZuhurEz Zuhur

  2. Abu Tor (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Abu TorAbu Tor

  3. Gilo (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of GiloGilo

  4. Mar Elias (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. hill at Mar EliasMar Elias

  5. Sheikh Badr (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at Sheikh BadrSheikh Badr

Verses (2)

  1. 2Sam 5:20
  2. 1Chr 14:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBaal-Perazim (2007)Baal-perazim
OpenBible.infoa6bf059 (Baal-perazim)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_593


  1. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Baal-perazim
  2. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 2Sam 5:17-21
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Baal-perazim
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Baal-perazim
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Baal-Perazim
  6. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Sam 5:20
  7. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 276
  8. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Baal-perazim
  9. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  10. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  11. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Sam 5:20 note 103

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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, me, Justin McIntosh, Bukvoed, יעקב


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.