Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameHeleph
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1 Identification

  1. Khirbet Irbadeh (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet IrbadehKhirbet Irbadeh

Verses (2)

Josh 19:33, 19:34

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHeleph (2007)Heleph
OpenBible.infoa8687ff (Heleph)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1061
WikipediaHeleph (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 436
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Heleph (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Heleph
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Heleph
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Heleph
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:33
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 23
  10. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  11. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Heleph
  12. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:32-39
  13. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  14. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  15. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Heleph
  16. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Heleph
  18. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:33
  19. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  20. 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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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.