Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-eked, Beth-Eked, Beth Eked
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Beit Qad (modern): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Beit QadBeit Qad

  2. Kafr Rai (modern): 20% confidence
    1. cityscape of Kafr RaiKafr Rai

  3. not a proper name (common noun for a place involving shepherds): less than 10% confidence

Verses (2)

2Kgs 10:12, 10:14

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-Eked (2007)Beth-eked
OpenBible.infoa7abec7 (Beth-eked)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_520


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-eked (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Eked
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Eked
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Eked
  6. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 2Kgs 10:12
  7. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  8. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Eked of the Shepherds
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beth-eked
  11. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-eked
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 10:12

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.

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, יעקב


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.