Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameResen
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. not a proper name (public work in or near Nineveh or Calah): 25% confidence
  2. Qaryat as Salamiyah (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Qaryat as SalamiyahQaryat as Salamiyah

  3. Hamam al Alil (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. vehicles at Hamam al AlilHamam al Alil

  4. Resh Eni (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Resh EniResh Eni

Verses (1)

Gen 10:12

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookResen (2007)Resen
OpenBible.infoabd8ada (Resen)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2734


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Resen (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Resen
  3. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 10:11-12
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Resen
  6. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Resen
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Resen
  8. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Resen
  9. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 10:12
  10. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 10:12
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Resen
  12. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 10:12

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, 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Staff Sgt. Jason Hull


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.