Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesLaish, Laishah
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Isawiya (modern): 25% confidence
    1. cityscape of IsawiyaIsawiya

  2. Ras et Tawil (modern): 15% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Ras et Tawil, which is on the summit of the hill at center rightRas et Tawil

  3. French Hill (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. buildings at French HillFrench Hill

Verses (1)

Isa 10:30

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookLaishah (2007)Laishah
OpenBible.infoa7e39d2 (Laishah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1655


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Laishah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Laishah
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Laishah
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Laishah
  5. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Laishah
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Laishah
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Laishah
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Laishah
  10. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  11. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Laishah
  12. Sacred Bridge (2014): page 235
  13. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Laisa
  14. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Laishah

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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Hidro, Dvirraz, Rotem Danzig


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.