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Translated NamesHazar-gaddah, Hazar Gaddah
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. within 50 km of Beersheba 1 (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of ruins at Tel Beer Shevawithin 50 km of Tel Beer Sheva

    2. well at Bir es Sebawithin 50 km of Bir es Seba

  2. Mezudat Sheluhat Qadesh Barnea (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Mezudat Sheluhat Qadesh BarneaMezudat Sheluhat Qadesh Barnea

  3. Horbat Uza (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Horbat UzaHorbat Uza

  4. Masada (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of MasadaMasada

  5. within 40 km of Moladah (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el Watenwithin 40 km of Khirbet el Waten

    2. artifact from Tel Malhatawithin 40 km of Tel Malhata

    3. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Kuseifewithin 40 km of Khirbet Kuseife

    4. satellite view of the region around Tel Yeshuawithin 40 km of Tel Yeshua

  6. another name for Hazar-addar (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. closeup of Ein QedeisEin Qedeis

    2. panorama of Khirbet el QudeiratKhirbet el Qudeirat

    3. pool at Ain el Qudeiratwithin 10 km of Ain el Qudeirat

    4. panorama of Har Avnon in the backgroundHar Avnon

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el QaryateinKhirbet el Qaryatein

    6. closeup of Ein Qedeiswithin 10 km of Ein Qedeis

    7. panorama looking southwest including Mesudat Ein Qedeis, which is at the light area by the road at centerMesudat Ein Qedeis

Verses (1)

Josh 15:27

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHazar-gaddah (2007)Hazar-gaddah
OpenBible.infoa7672d8 (Hazar-gaddah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1131
WikipediaHazar-gaddah (redirect)


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Hazar Gaddah
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Hazar-gaddah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Hazar-Gaddah
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Hazar-Gaddah
  6. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 129
  7. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Hazar-gaddah
  8. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Hazar-gaddah
  9. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:27
  10. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Hazar-gaddah

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, within 50 km of Beersheba 1), 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

gugganij, Daniel Baránek, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Lior Golgher, Godot13, Gary Todd, Matson Collection, Matson Collection, Matson Collection,, Onzd


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.