Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAbel-mizraim, Abel-Mizraim, Abel Mizraim
Typesriver or settlement
Notescould be either west or east of the Jordan River
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. near the mouth of the Jordan River (modern): 60% confidence
    1. closeup of the Jordan River somewhat by the Dead Seanear the mouth of the Jordan River

  2. another name for Beth-hoglah (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. building at Deir HajlaDeir Hajla

    2. satellite view of the region around Ain HajlahAin Hajlah

  3. Tall al Ajjul (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. artifact from Tall al AjjulTall al Ajjul

  4. another name for the Brook of Egypt (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. mouth of Wadi al ArishWadi al Arish

    2. closeup of Nahal HaBesorNahal HaBesor

    3. ruins at Qantir along the Pelusiac branch of the NilePelusiac branch of the Nile

    4. panorama of the Nile RiverNile River

Verses (1)

Gen 50:11

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAbel-mizraim (2007)Abel-mizraim
OpenBible.infoa70ac98 (Abel-mizraim)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_41


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Atad (place)
  2. Baldwin, Genesis 12-50 (1986): 50:4-14
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Abel-Mizraim
  4. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 50:10
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Atad
  6. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 50:10-11 note
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Abel-Mizraim
  9. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Abel-mizraim
  10. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 50:10-13; 50:10-13 note 679
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Abel-mizraim
  13. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 50:10
  14. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 50:10
  15. Williams, Genesis (2000): 49:29-50:14
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Abel-mizraim
  17. 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 (in this case, near the mouth of the Jordan River), 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

Davide Mauro, Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay, اسماء البيك, Mboesch, Iri-en-achti, René Hourdry


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.