Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAcacia House, Beth-shittah, Beth Acacia, Beth Shittah
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Salwim (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel SalwimTel Salwim

  2. Sleikhat (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around SleikhatSleikhat

  3. Shatta (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking southwest including Shatta, which is in front of the water at the center rightShatta

  4. Tell es Sa’idiyeh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. artifact from Tell es Sa’idiyehTell es Sa’idiyeh

  5. Tell Umm Hamad (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell Umm HamadTell Umm Hamad

Verses (1)

Judg 7:22

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-Shittah (2007)Beth-shittah
OpenBible.infoa83d789 (Beth-shittah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_495


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-shittah (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-shittah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Shittah
  4. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-shittah
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Shittah
  8. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 7:22
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beth-shittah
  11. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet ha-Sitta
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 7:22

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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Yehudit Garinkol, Mary Harrsch


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.