Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameSitnah
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. within 15 km of Rehoboth 1 (ancient): 35% confidence
    1. well at Ruheibehwithin 15 km of Ruheibeh

  2. within 2 km of Sutnet er Ruheibeh (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Sutnet er Ruheibehwithin 2 km of Sutnet er Ruheibeh

  3. along Nahal Gerar (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of vegetation along Nahal Geraralong Nahal Gerar

  4. within 15 km of Gerar (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Tel Harorwithin 15 km of Tel Haror

    2. panorama of Tell esh Shariawithin 15 km of Tell esh Sharia

    3. satellite view of the region around Tell Tuweiyilwithin 15 km of Tell Tuweiyil

    4. panorama of ruins at Tell Jemmehwithin 15 km of Tell Jemmeh

  5. in the region between Gerar and Beersheba (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama in the region between Gerar and Beershebain the region between Gerar and Beersheba

Verses (1)

Gen 26:21

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSitnah (2007)Sitnah
OpenBible.infoaa454f7 (Sitnah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2744


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Sitnah (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Sitnah
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Sitnah
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Sitnah
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Sitnah
  6. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 26:20-21
  7. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Sitnah
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Sitnah
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Sitnah
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Sitnah
  11. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 26:22
  12. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sitnah
  13. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  14. 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

zstadler, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Aaadir, Aaadir, Danny Gershoni, Bukvoed, DovGazit


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.