Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameGederoth
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Gederah 1 (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet JudrayaKhirbet Judraya

    2. panorama of Khirbet JedirehKhirbet Jedireh

    3. cave at Tel GodedTel Goded

    4. ruins at QatraQatra

    5. cityscape of JedirehJedireh

    6. satellite view of the region around Khirbet JudeiraKhirbet Judeira

  2. Tell el Meleiha (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. historical panorama of Tell el MeleihaTell el Meleiha

  3. Khirbet Hamideh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of a region including Khirbet Hamideh, which is not visible beyond the Latrun monasteryKhirbet Hamideh

  4. Tel Agra (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel AgraTel Agra

  5. another name for Baalath 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. historical cityscape of Al MagharAl Maghar

    2. church at Deir el AzarDeir el Azar

    3. ruins at QatraQatra

    4. panorama of MugharMughar

    5. satellite view of the region around Tulul el MedbahTulul el Medbah

    6. panorama of the region including Beer YerohamBeer Yeroham

    7. artifact from Tel MalhataTel Malhata

    8. satellite view of the region around Tel MasosTel Masos

    9. satellite view of the region around Tel IraTel Ira

    10. satellite view of the region around Keslawithin 1 km of Kesla

    11. ruins at Horbat UzaHorbat Uza

    12. panorama of Wadi el Qeinialong Wadi el Qeini

    13. satellite view of the region around Horbat TayyavHorbat Tayyav

    14. aerial panorama of the Nahal Avnon FortressNahal Avnon Fortress

    15. satellite view of the region around Khirbet es SiyyaghKhirbet es Siyyagh

    16. ruins at Bayt ItabBayt Itab

    17. cave at Arak IsmainArak Ismain

    18. ruins at En HazevaEn Hazeva

  6. Qatra (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at QatraQatra

Verses (2)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Josh 15:41
1Sam-Esth (1)
2Chr 28:18

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGederoth (2007)Gederoth
OpenBible.infoa728f1b (Gederoth)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_698


  1. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Gederoth
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Gederoth
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Gederoth
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Gederoth
  6. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 144, 202
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Gederoth
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Gederoth
  9. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 84
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gederoth
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Gederoth

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, Bukvoed, Deror avi, Bukvoed, יעקב, Matson Collection, AVRAMGR, Anonymous, Bahnfrend, Ori~, Mboesch, Gary Todd, Lior Golgher, Lior Golgher, Amos Meron, Danny Lyulev, savion29, Bukvoed


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.