Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBeth-hogla, Beth-hoglah, Beth Hoglah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Deir Hajla (modern): 60% confidence
    1. building at Deir HajlaDeir Hajla

  2. Ain Hajlah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ain HajlahAin Hajlah

Verses (3)

Josh 15:6, 18:19, 18:21

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeth-hoglah (2007)Beth-hoglah
OpenBible.infoaabd0ba (Beth-hoglah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_497


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 432
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beth-hoglah (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beth Hoglah
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beth-hoglah
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beth-Hoglah
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beth-hoglah
  9. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Beth-hoglah
  10. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Beth-hoglah
  11. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  12. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  13. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beth-Hoglah
  15. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Beth-hoglah
  16. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 317
  17. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beth-hoglah
  19. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beth-hoglah
  20. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Beth-hoglah
  21. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bet Hogla
  22. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beth-hoglah
  23. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 15:5

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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 (in this case, Deir Hajla), 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

Bukvoed, 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.