Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameJaphia
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Yafa (modern): 70% confidence
    1. cityscape of YafaYafa

  2. Mashhad (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of MashhadMashhad

Verses (1)

Josh 19:12

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookJaphia (town) (2007)Japhia
OpenBible.infoab15bb3 (Japhia)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1410


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 437
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Japhia (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Japhia; Iafa
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Japhia
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Japhia
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011): Japhia
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Japhia (place)
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010): Japhia
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:12
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Japhia
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Japhia
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Japhia
  13. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 20
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Japhia
  15. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Japhia
  16. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:10-16
  17. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  18. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Japhia
  19. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Japhia
  20. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Japhia
  21. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007): Japh(i)a
  22. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Japhia
  23. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 129
  24. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Japhia (Place)
  25. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Yafia
  26. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Japhia
  27. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:12
  28. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Japhia
  29. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Japhia
  30. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Japhia (place)
  31. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): map 23

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 (in this case, Yafa), 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

Zaher333, Hanay


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.