Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameJeshua
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Yeshua (modern): 55% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tel YeshuaTel Yeshua

  2. Horbat Beer Shama (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. mosaic at Horbat Beer ShamaHorbat Beer Shama

Verses (1)

Neh 11:26

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookJeshua (village) (2007)Jeshua
OpenBible.infoab8473d (Jeshua)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1489


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 437
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Jeshua (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Jeshua
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Jeshua
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Jeshua (place)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Neh 11:26
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Jeshua
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  11. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 92
  12. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Jeshua
  13. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  14. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  15. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  16. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Jeshua
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Jeshua (Place)
  18. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Jeshua
  19. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:26
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. 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 (in this case, Tel Yeshua), 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, Israel Government Press Office


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.