Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesEmek-keziz, Emek Keziz, Keziz
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. within 5 km of Jericho 1 (ancient): 50% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell es Sultanwithin 5 km of Tell es Sultan

  2. within 5 km of Beth-hoglah (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. building at Deir Hajlawithin 5 km of Deir Hajla

    2. satellite view of the region around Ain Hajlahwithin 5 km of Ain Hajlah

  3. Khirbet Marjame (modern): 15% confidence
    1. panorama of Khirbet Marjame, which is on the hill in the midgroundKhirbet Marjame

  4. within 5 km of Wadi el Kaziz (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Wadi el Kazizwithin 5 km of Wadi el Kaziz

Verses (1)

Josh 18:21

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEmek-keziz (2007)Emek-keziz
OpenBible.infoa774e50 (Emek-keziz)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2270


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Emek-keziz (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Emek-Keziz
  3. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Emek-Keziz
  4. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 320
  5. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Emek-keziz
  6. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Emek-keziz
  7. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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, within 5 km of Jericho 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

Abraham, Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Lipkin.Aaron


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.