Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAbel-keramim, Abel Keramim
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. Sahab (modern): 25% confidence
    1. cityscape of SahabSahab

  2. Tall al Umayri (modern): 15% confidence
    1. panorama of ruins at Tall al UmayriTall al Umayri

  3. another name for Abila (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Merj EkkehMerj Ekkeh

  4. Naur (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of NaurNaur

  5. Kom Yajuz (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape including Kom Yajuz, which is not visible behind the buildingsKom Yajuz

  6. Khirbet es Suq (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet es SuqKhirbet es Suq

Verses (1)

Judg 11:33

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAbel-Keramim (2007)Abel-keramim
OpenBible.infoa957c5b (Abel-keramim)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_38


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 429
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Abel-keramim (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Abel-keramim
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Abel-Keramim
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Abel-keramim
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Abel-Keramim
  10. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Abel Keramim
  11. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 4
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  13. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Abel-keramim
  14. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Abel Keramim
  15. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  16. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  17. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 11:33

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

Rotana Nawwaf Al Hasanat, Bashar Tabbah, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Adeeb Atwan, 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.