Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAphrah, Beth-le-Aphrah, Beth-le-aphrah, Beth-leaphrah, Beth Aphrah, Beth Leaphrah, Beth Ophrah
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet et Taiyiba (modern): 30% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet et TaiyibaKhirbet et Taiyiba

  2. not a proper name (poetic): less than 10% confidence
  3. along Wadi el Ghafar (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama looking southwest of a region including Wadi el Ghafar, which is behind the road at the bottomalong Wadi el Ghafar

  4. another name for Bethel 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

    2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

    3. panorama of ruins at Burj BeitinBurj Beitin

  5. another name for Ophrah 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at AfulaAfula

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet TaiyibehKhirbet Taiyibeh

    3. ruins at Ramat RahelRamat Rahel

    4. cityscape of Et TaiyibehEt Taiyibeh

    5. cityscape of Silat ad DhahrSilat ad Dhahr

    6. cityscape of FarataFarata

    7. satellite view of the region around Tell el FarahTell el Farah

  6. another name for Ophrah 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of TaybehTaybeh

Verses (1)

Mic 1:10

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-Le-Aphrah (2007)Beth-le-aphrah
OpenBible.infoa95a37b (Beth-le-aphrah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_503


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-le-aphrah (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-le-Aphrah
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Le-Aphrah
  6. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 6
  9. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-le-aphrah
  10. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Beth-le-aphrah
  11. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Mic 1:10

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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, אסף.צ, Deror_avi, יעקב, Bukvoed, Deror_avi, Bukvoed, doron kirshberg, محمد الفلسطيني, עדירל, Ralf Lotys


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.