Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameNahaliel
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. along Wadi Zerqa Main (modern): 35% confidence
    1. panorama of Wadi Zerqa Mainalong Wadi Zerqa Main

  2. along Wadi al Wala (modern): 30% confidence
    1. panorama of Wadi al Walaalong Wadi al Wala

Verses (1)

Num 21:19

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookNahaliel (2007)Nahaliel
OpenBible.infoa8dafd6 (Nahaliel)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1951


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Nahaliel (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Nahaliel
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Nahaliel, river
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Nahaliel
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Nahaliel
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Nahaliel
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Nahaliel
  9. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  10. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Nahaliel
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Nahaliel
  12. 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Davide Mauro, Adeeb Atwan


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.