Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesGur, Gur-Baal, Gur-baal, Gur Baal, Gurbaal
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. in Edom (ancient): 65% confidence
    1. ruins at Buseirain Edom

  2. another name for Jagur (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel IraTel Ira

  3. Jebel Nebi Harun (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Jebel Nebi HarunJebel Nebi Harun

Verses (1)

2Chr 26:7

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGurbaal (2007)Gurbaal
OpenBible.infoa763368 (Gurbaal)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_709
WikipediaGur-baal (redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Gurbaal (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Gur Baal
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Gurbaal
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Gurbaal
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Gurbaal
  7. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Gurbaal
  8. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 94
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gurbaal
  10. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Gur-baal
  11. 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, in Edom), 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

Uri, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Uri


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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.