Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameBethphage
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Et Tur (modern): 70% confidence
    1. building at Et TurEt Tur

  2. Abu Dis (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Abu DisAbu Dis

  3. Al Eizariya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Al EizariyaAl Eizariya

Verses (3)

  1. Matt 21:1
  2. Mark 11:1
  3. Luke 19:29

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBethphage (2007)Bethphage
OpenBible.infoabff59d (Bethphage)
UBS Names Databasent ID_223


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Bethphage (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Bethphage
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bethpage
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Bethphage
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Bethphage
  8. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Bethphage
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Bethphage
  13. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Bethphage
  14. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bethphage
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Bethphage
  16. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Bethphage
  17. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Mark 11:1 map; Matt 21:1

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, Et Tur), 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

Djampa, תמר הירדני, Naheel Abu Ghaith نهيل أبو غيث


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.