Places in the Bible Today:

Ayyah

Data

Translated NamesAija, Ayyah, Gaza
Typesettlement
Notesseveral sources amend "Ayyah" to "Gaza" but don’t further locate Gaza (which is different from Gaza)
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Ai 1 (ancient): 35% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Et TellEt Tell

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MaqatirKhirbet el Maqatir

    3. ruins at Khirbet NisiehKhirbet Nisieh

    4. aerial panorama including Khirbet Ibn Baraq, which is left of the leftmost buildingsKhirbet Ibn Baraq

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

  2. Khirbet Haiyan (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

  3. Turmus Ayya (modern): 15% confidence
    1. buildings at Turmus AyyaTurmus Ayya

  4. another name for Aija (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Et TellEt Tell

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MaqatirKhirbet el Maqatir

    3. ruins at Khirbet NisiehKhirbet Nisieh

    4. aerial panorama including Khirbet Ibn Baraq, which is left of the leftmost buildingsKhirbet Ibn Baraq

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

  5. another name for Aiath (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Et TellEt Tell

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MaqatirKhirbet el Maqatir

    3. ruins at Khirbet NisiehKhirbet Nisieh

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HaiyanKhirbet Haiyan

    5. aerial panorama including Khirbet Ibn Baraq, which is left of the leftmost buildingsKhirbet Ibn Baraq

Verses (1)

1Chr 7:28

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Logos FactbookAyyah
OpenBible.info (2007)Ayyah
OpenBible.infoaba3717 (Ayyah)
TIPNRGaza@Gen.10.19
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2196

Sources

  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ayyah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Ayyah
  3. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Ayyah
  5. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Aiath
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Ayyah
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ayyah
  8. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Ayyah
  9. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 325
  10. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Ayyah
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Ayyah
  12. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Ayyah
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Ayyah

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

Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Biegel, Dvirraz, Ghanem88

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.