Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameRakkon
Typesriver or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. Tell er Reqqeit (modern): 35% confidence
    1. panorama of Tell er ReqqeitTell er Reqqeit

  2. Ayalon River (modern): 25% confidence
    1. panorama of the Ayalon RiverAyalon River

  3. not a place (scribal error): 15% confidence
  4. Tel Gerisa (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel GerisaTel Gerisa

  5. Yarkon River (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of the Yarkon RiverYarkon River

Verses (1)

Josh 19:46

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookRakkon (2007)Rakkon
OpenBible.infoaa3e5ae (Rakkon)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2731
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Rakkon (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Rakkon (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Rakkon
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Rakkon
  4. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 24
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  7. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:40-48
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 161
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Rakkon
  11. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Rakkon
  12. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Rakkon
  13. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:46
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Rakkon
  15. 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

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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.