Places in the Bible Today:

Shaalim

Data

Translated NamesShaalim, Shalim
Typeregion
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Shual (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of Taybehwithin 10 km of Taybeh

    2. cityscape of Rammunabout 10 km around Rammun

  2. about 10 km around Shaalbim (ancient): 40% confidence. It may be:
    1. recent ruins at Salbitabout 10 km around Salbit

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Salhababout 10 km around Khirbet Salhab

Verses (1)

1Sam 9:4

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Logos FactbookShaalim
OpenBible.info (2007)Shaalim
OpenBible.infoab6f1f0 (Shaalim)
TIPNRShaalim@1Sa.9.4
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2952

Sources

  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Shaalim (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Shalim, Land of Shalim
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shaalim
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Shaalim
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 9:3-14
  6. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 9:3-4
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shaalim
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shaalim, Land of
  9. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Sam 9:4-5
  10. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 156, 327
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Shalim, land of
  14. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  15. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 1Sam 9:4

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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

Ralf Lotys, יעקב, Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019

About

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.