Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameBeten
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Ibtin (modern): 25% confidence
    1. panorama including Khirbet Ibtin, which is at the base of the hill at centerKhirbet Ibtin

  2. Tel Far (modern): 20% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel FarTel Far

Verses (1)

Josh 19:25

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBeten (2007)Beten
OpenBible.infoaafc721 (Beten)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_471
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 431
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Beten (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Beten
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Beten
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Beten
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:25
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Beten
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 22
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Beten
  13. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Beten
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Beten
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Beten
  17. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Beten
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Beten
  19. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:24-25
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. 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

Hanay, Aaadir


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.