Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesAin, Ashan
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Asan (modern): 45% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AsanKhirbet Asan

  2. Tell Beit Mirsim (modern): 15% confidence
    1. artifact from Tell Beit MirsimTell Beit Mirsim

  3. Tel Goded (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cave at Tel GodedTel Goded

  4. Khirbet Muleh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet MulehKhirbet Muleh

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 15:42, 19:7
1Sam-Esth (2)
1Chr 4:32, 6:59

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAshan (2007)Ashan
OpenBible.infoab5175f (Ashan)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2343


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ashan (Place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Ashan
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ashan
  4. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  5. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 30:29
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ashan
  7. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ashan
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 21:3-40; 1Sam 30:27-31
  11. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 211
  12. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Ashan
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Ashan
  14. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Ashan
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ashan
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay, Deror avi


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.