Places in the Bible Today:

Ramah 1

Data

Translated NamesRama, Ramah
Typesettlement
Notesin Benjamin
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. Al Ram (modern): 75% confidence
    1. cityscape of Al RamAl Ram

  2. Ramallah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of RamallahRamallah

  3. Ramat Rahel (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Ramat RahelRamat Rahel

Verses (16)

Josh-Ruth (3)
Josh 18:25
Judg 4:5, 19:13
1Sam-Esth (8)
1Kgs 15:17, 15:21, 15:22
2Chr 16:1, 16:5, 16:6
Ezra 2:26
Neh 7:30
Job-Mal (4)
Isa 10:29
Jer 31:15, 40:1
Hos 5:8
Matt-John (1)
Matt 2:18

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Biblemapper.com805
Logos FactbookRamah (of Benjamin)
OpenBible.info (2007)Ramah 1
OpenBible.infoa6d57ed (Ramah 1)
TIPNRRamah@Jos.18.25
UBS Names Databasent ID_968, ot ID_2696
WikidataQ926868

Sources

  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 441
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ramah (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Ramah
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ramah
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 179
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ramah
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 18:25
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ramah
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Ramah
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Ramah
  13. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 18
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 126
  16. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ramah
  17. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Ramah
  18. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 18:21-28; Judg 4:5
  19. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Ramah of Benjamin
  20. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 333
  21. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ramah
  22. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  23. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  24. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  25. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Ramah
  26. Sacred Bridge (2014): page 235
  27. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Ramah
  28. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ramah
  29. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): ha-Rama
  30. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ramah
  31. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 18:25-28
  32. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ramah
  33. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  34. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  35. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 4:5; 1Kgs 15:17; 2Chr 16:6; Jer 31:15
  36. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 141

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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, Al Ram), 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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About

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.