Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameSharuhen
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tall al Ajjul (modern): 45% confidence
    1. artifact from Tall al AjjulTall al Ajjul

  2. Tel Sharuhen (modern): 25% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel SharuhenTel Sharuhen

  3. Tel Haror (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel HarorTel Haror

  4. Tel Halif (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel HalifTel Halif

Verses (1)

Josh 19:6

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSharuhen (2007)Sharuhen
OpenBible.infoa887d36 (Sharuhen)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2980


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 442
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Sharuhen (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Farah, Tell El-(South); Sharuhen
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Sharuhen
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Sharuhen
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 247
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Sharuhen
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:3-6
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Sharuhen
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Sharuhen
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Sharuhen
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  16. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  17. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Sharuhen
  18. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 50:10-13 note 679
  19. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 107
  20. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  21. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Sharuhen
  22. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  23. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  24. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  25. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Sharuhen
  26. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sharuhen
  27. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:32
  28. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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

Hanay, The devious diesel, Aaadir, Danny Gershoni


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.