Places in the Bible Today:

Gibeah 4


Translated NamesGibeah, Gibeath
Typeshill or settlement
Notesmay be part of a compound forming "Gibeath-kiriath," a variant of Kiriath-jearim
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Gibeah 1 (ancient): 50% confidence. It may be:
    1. building at Tel el FulTel el Ful

    2. cityscape of JabaJaba

  2. not a proper name (hill of Kiriath-jearim): 35% confidence
  3. Abu Ghosh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of Abu GhoshAbu Ghosh

  4. another name for Gibeath-haaraloth (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Khirbet el Mefjirwithin 5 km of Khirbet el Mefjir

    2. ruins at Tell es Sultanwithin 5 km of Tell es Sultan

    3. aerial panorama of ruins at Bedhat esh Sha’abwithin 5 km of Bedhat esh Sha’ab

    4. satellite view of the region around El ’Unuqwithin 5 km of El ’Unuq

    5. satellite view of the region around Tell el Jurnwithin 5 km of Tell el Jurn

    6. satellite view of the region around Suwwanet eth Thaniyawithin 5 km of Suwwanet eth Thaniya

    7. satellite view of the region around Khirbet en Nitlehwithin 5 km of Khirbet en Nitleh

Verses (1)

Josh 18:28

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGibeath-Kiriath (2007)Gibeah 1
OpenBible.infoac25f34 (Gibeah 4)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_672


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Gibeah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Gibeah
  3. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 18
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Gibeah
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Gibeah
  6. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 18:21-28
  7. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 348
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Gibeah
  9. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Gibeah
  10. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Gibeah (in/of Benjamin)
  11. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Gibeah; Gibeath Haaraloth

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.

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Thumbnail Image Credits

Eli.berckovitz, יעקב, Ranbar, Zairon, Abraham, Adam Zartal אדם זרטל, 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.