Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameAdadah
Notesgenerally identified as the same as Aroer, though only if the latter is at Khirbet Aro’er
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Aro’er (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Aro’erKhirbet Aro’er

  2. another name for Aroer 3 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Aro’erKhirbet Aro’er

    2. satellite view of the region around Tel EsdarTel Esdar

    3. satellite view of the region around ArairArair

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet UdenaKhirbet Udena

    5. satellite view of the region around Umm SweiwinehUmm Sweiwineh

    6. satellite view of the region around ErjanErjan

Verses (1)

Josh 15:22

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAdadah (2007)Adadah
OpenBible.infoabf4481 (Adadah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2137
WikipediaAdadah (redirect)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 429
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Adadah (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Adadah
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Adadah
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 30:26-31
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Ararah
  7. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  8. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Adadah
  10. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Adadah
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  13. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Adadah
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Adadah
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Adadah
  16. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:22
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. 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, Khirbet Aro’er), 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.

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.