Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameMeroz
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Marus (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet MarusKhirbet Marus

  2. another name for Shimron-meron (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Tel ShimronTel Shimron

    2. panorama of Maroun al RasMaroun al Ras

  3. another name for Madon (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Qarn HattinQarn Hattin

    2. satellite view of the region around Tell el KhirbehTell el Khirbeh

    3. ruins at MeironMeiron

    4. panorama of ruins at Khirbet MadinKhirbet Madin

    5. panorama of Maroun al RasMaroun al Ras

    6. cityscape of Bint JbeilBint Jbeil

    7. satellite view of the region around Har ZeviHar Zevi

    8. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el BiarKhirbet el Biar

Verses (1)

Judg 5:23

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMeroz (2007)Meroz
OpenBible.infoa8bc4e3 (Meroz)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1850


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Meroz (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Meroz
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Meroz
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Meroz
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Judg 5:23
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Meroz
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Meroz
  9. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Meroz

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

AVRAM GRAICER, Hanay, Own work, Zeromancer44, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Yael Alef, זאב שטיין, עמית אבידן


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.