Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesElon-beth-hanan, Elon-bethhanan, Elonbeth-hanan, Elon Beth Hanan, Elon Bethhanan, Elon of Beth-Hanan
Notespossibly two separate places: Elon and Beth-hanan
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Elon (ancient): 50% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Wadi IllinKhirbet Wadi Illin

    2. satellite view of the region around AleinAlein

    3. ruins at Kafr AnaKafr Ana

    4. panorama of YaloYalo

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HasanKhirbet Hasan

    6. satellite view of the region around Tel ZelafonTel Zelafon

    7. satellite view of the region around Tell el KokahTell el Kokah

    8. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

    9. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el RujmKhirbet el Rujm

  2. another name for Aijalon 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of YaloYalo

    2. satellite view of the region around Tell el KokahTell el Kokah

    3. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

  3. Beit Anan (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Beit AnanBeit Anan

Verses (1)

1Kgs 4:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookElon-Beth-Hanan (2007)Elonbeth-hanan
OpenBible.infoa8e6824 (Elonbeth-hanan)
WikipediaElon-beth-hanan (redirect)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Elon-beth-hanan (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Elon
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Elon
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Elon
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Elon-Beth-Hanan
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Elon-beth-hanan
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Beth-hanan
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Elonbeth-Hanan
  9. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 156
  10. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Elon Beth Hanan
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Elon
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  14. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Elonbeth-hanan
  15. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Elon-bethhanan
  16. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Elon Bet Hanan
  17. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Elon
  18. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Elon-beth-hanan
  19. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Elon

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 (in this case, another name for Elon), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, מיכאלי, Aaadir, עדירל


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.