Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesArah, Mearah
Notessometimes translated Arah
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

6 Possible Identifications

  1. Jezzine (modern): 40% confidence
    1. cityscape of JezzineJezzine

  2. along Wadi Ara (modern): 20% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Wadi Ara, which runs by the roadalong Wadi Ara

  3. El Mghairiye (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around El MghairiyeEl Mghairiye

  4. not a proper name (cave): less than 10% confidence
  5. En Iron (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at En IronEn Iron

  6. Khirbet ‘Ara (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet ‘AraKhirbet ‘Ara

Verses (1)

Josh 13:4

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMearah (2007)Mearah
OpenBible.infoa8c3105 (Mearah)
WikipediaArah of the Sidonians (redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Mearah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Mearah
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Mearah
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Mearah
  6. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Mearah
  7. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 13:4
  8. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Mearah

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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

Vonwerden, Amos Meron, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay


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.