Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameDothan
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1 Identification

  1. Tel Dotan (modern): 90% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel DotanTel Dotan

Verses (2)

Gen-Deut (1)
Gen 37:17
1Sam-Esth (1)
2Kgs 6:13

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookDothan (2007)Dothan
OpenBible.infoab635e4 (Dothan)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_842


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 433
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Dothan (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Dothan
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Dothan
  5. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 149
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Dorsey, Roads and Highways of Ancient Israel (1991): Map 8: page 143
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Dothan
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Dothan
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Dothan
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Dothan
  13. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 171
  16. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Dothan
  17. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 37:17; 2Kgs 6:13
  18. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Dothan
  19. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Dothan
  20. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Dothan
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Dothan
  25. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Dothan
  26. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Dothan
  27. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Dotan
  28. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 37:17
  29. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 37:15-17
  30. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Dothan
  31. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Dothan
  32. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  33. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  34. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 37:17; 2Kgs 6:13
  35. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 397

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.

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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.