Places in the Bible Today:

Beth-shemesh 3


Translated NamesBeth-shemesh, Beth Shemesh
Notesin Naphtali
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Rosh (modern): 55% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel RoshTel Rosh

  2. Hariss (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around HarissHariss

  3. another name for Beth-shemesh 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Sheikh esh ShamsawiSheikh esh Shamsawi

    2. panorama of El AbeidiyehEl Abeidiyeh

    3. satellite view of the region around Tell esh ShamsiyaTell esh Shamsiya

Verses (2)

  1. Josh 19:38
  2. Judg 1:33

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-shemesh (of Naphtali) (2007)Beth-shemesh 3
OpenBible.infoa85cbab (Beth-shemesh 3)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_522


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-shemesh (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-shemesh
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Shemesh
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:38
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-shemesh
  8. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 23
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 221
  11. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beth Shemesh
  12. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beth-shemesh
  13. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  14. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-shemesh
  15. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:38
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-shemesh
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 1:33
  20. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 404

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, Tel Rosh), 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.

Places with Similar Names

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay


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.