Places in the Bible Today:

Sela 1


Translated NameSela
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Sela 2 (ancient): 40% confidence. It may be:
    1. gate at SelaSela

    2. panorama of Umm el BayyaraUmm el Bayyara

  2. within 30 km of Akrabbim (ancient): 25% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of Ma’ale Akrabbimwithin 30 km of Ma’ale Akrabbim

    2. satellite view of the region around Jebel Umm al Aqaribwithin 30 km of Jebel Umm al Aqarib

Verses (2)

Josh-Ruth (1)
Judg 1:36
1Sam-Esth (1)
2Chr 25:12

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSela (2007)Sela
OpenBible.infoa98b02e (Sela 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2068


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Sela (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Sela
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Sela
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Sela
  5. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 1:36
  6. 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

יעקב, David Stanley, אילן ארד, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.