Places in the Bible Today:

Caleb Ephrathah


Translated NamesCaleb-ephratah, Caleb-Ephrathah, Caleb-ephrathah, Caleb Ephrathah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. not a place (person): 45% confidence
  2. another name for Bethlehem 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at BethlehemBethlehem

Verses (1)

1Chr 2:24

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookCaleb-Ephrathah
OpenBible.infoabf6e12 (Caleb Ephrathah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1551, ot ID_330
WikipediaCaleb-ephrathah (redirect)


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Caleb Ephrathah
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Caleb-Ephrathah
  3. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Caleb Ephratah
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Caleb-ephratah
  5. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Caleb Ephrathah
  6. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Caleb-ephrathah
  7. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Caleb-ephrathah
  8. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Caleb Ephrathah
  9. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Caleb-ephratah

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, not a place (person)), 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

Berthold Werner


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.