Places in the Bible Today:

Rock of Escape


Translated NamesRock of Division, Rock of Escape, Rock of Separation, Sela-hammahlekoth, Sela Hammahlekoth
Typenatural area
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1 Identification

  1. along Wadi Malaqi (modern): 60% confidence
    1. caves along Wadi Malaqialong Wadi Malaqi

Verses (1)

1Sam 23:28

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRock of Escape (2007)Rock of Escape
OpenBible.infoa897bdb (Rock of Escape)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2067
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Sela Hammahlekoth (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Rock of Escape (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Sela Hammahlekoth
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Escape, Rock of
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Escape, Rock of
  5. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Sela-hammahlekoth
  6. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sela-hammahlekoth
  7. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Sela-hammahlekoth
  8. 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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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.