Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBabel, Babylon
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1 Identification

  1. another name for Babylon 1 (ancient): 85% confidence
    1. Ishtar gate from BabylonBabylon

Verses (2)

Gen 10:10, 11:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBabel (2007)Babel
OpenBible.infoab8fdbc (Babel)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_443
WikipediaTower of Babel (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Babel (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Babel
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Babel
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (2008-2012): Gen 11:9
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Babel
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Gen 11:1-9
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Babel
  10. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 11:9
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  13. Kidner, Genesis (1967): 11:9
  14. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 11:9
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Babel
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Babel
  19. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Babel
  20. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 11:9
  21. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 11:1-9 Form/Structure/Setting
  22. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Babel
  23. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 11:9

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

Radomir Vrbovsky


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.