Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBrook Cherith, Cherith, Kerith Brook, Kerith Ravine, Kerith Valley, Wadi Cherith, Wadi Kerith
Typessettlement or wadi
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

6 Possible Identifications

  1. Wadi al Yabis (modern): 35% confidence
    1. panorama of Wadi al YabisWadi al Yabis

  2. Wadi Qelt (modern): 20% confidence
    1. canyon of Wadi QeltWadi Qelt

  3. Khirbet Fasayil (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet FasayilKhirbet Fasayil

  4. Wadi Rajib (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Wadi RajibWadi Rajib

  5. Wadi Ajlun (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama looking west along the top of Wadi Ajlun, which runs between the hills in the foregroundWadi Ajlun

  6. Wadi al Fara (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Wadi al FaraWadi al Fara

Verses (2)

1Kgs 17:3, 17:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookCherith (2007)Cherith
OpenBible.infoaa7bee8 (Cherith)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1598


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Cherith, Brook of (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Kerith
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Cherith, brook
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 198
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Cherith
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Cherith
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Cherith
  9. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Cherith, Wadi
  10. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  11. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 123
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Cherith
  13. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Kgs 17:3
  14. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Cherith, Brook of
  15. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Cherith
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  18. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  19. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kerith, the Brook
  20. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Cherith
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Cherith
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  23. 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

Awd Alzinat, Hardscarf, Shay Bar, Adeeb Atwan, Adeeb Atwan, תמר הירדני


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.