Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBor-ashan, Bor Ashan, Chor-ashan, Chorashan
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1 Identification

  1. another name for Ashan (ancient): more than 95% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet AsanKhirbet Asan

    2. artifact from Tell Beit MirsimTell Beit Mirsim

    3. cave at Tel GodedTel Goded

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet MulehKhirbet Muleh

Verses (1)

1Sam 30:30

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAshan (2007)Bor-ashan
OpenBible.infoab624f3 (Bor-ashan)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_463


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Borashan
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 30:26-31
  6. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 30:29
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  9. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Ashan
  10. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Bor Ashan
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Bor-ashan
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  15. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  16. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  17. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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.