Places in the Bible Today:

Ether 1


Translated NameEther
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1 Identification

  1. Khirbet el Ater (modern): 75% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el AterKhirbet el Ater

Verses (1)

Josh 15:42

Linked Data Identifiers

Biblemapper.com421 (2007)Ether
OpenBible.infoa82f7b4 (Ether 1)
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 434
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ether
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:7-8; 1Sam 30:26-31
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ether
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Ether
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:33-47; 1Sam 30:27-31
  15. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 210
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  18. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Eter
  19. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ether
  20. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:42
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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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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.