Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAscent of Gur, Gur, Gur Pass
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet en Najjar (modern): 50% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet en NajjarKhirbet en Najjar

  2. not a proper name (valley): less than 10% confidence
  3. in the region between Ibleam and Megiddo (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape in the region between Ibleam and Megiddoin the region between Ibleam and Megiddo

Verses (1)

2Kgs 9:27

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGur (2007)Gur
OpenBible.infoa878fea (Gur)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_708


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Gur (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Gur
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Gur
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 149
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Dorsey, Roads and Highways of Ancient Israel (1991): Map 8: page 143
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Gur
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Gur
  9. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Gur
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Gur, Ascent of
  11. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Gur
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 9:27

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, Khirbet en Najjar), 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, Shuki


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.