Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesJeshanah, Shen
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Jeshanah (ancient): 50% confidence
    1. panorama of Burj el IsanehBurj el Isaneh

  2. not a proper name (prominent hill or rock): less than 10% confidence

Verses (1)

1Sam 7:12

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShen (2007)Shen
OpenBible.infoa78f72b (Shen)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2945


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Jeshanah (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shen
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Jeshanah
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shen
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Shen
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Jeshanah
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 7:12
  8. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Jeshanah
  9. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 310
  10. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Shen
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Jeshanah
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Shen
  13. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Shen
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Shen
  15. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Shen
  17. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 180

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, another name for Jeshanah), 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.

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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.