Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameShebarim
Typenatural area
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. western cliff of Wadi Makkuk (modern): 20% confidence
    1. closeup of part of the western cliff of Wadi Makkukwestern cliff of Wadi Makkuk

  2. within 2 km of Ai 1 (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Et Tellwithin 2 km of Et Tell

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el Maqatirwithin 2 km of Khirbet el Maqatir

    3. ruins at Khirbet Nisiehwithin 2 km of Khirbet Nisieh

    4. aerial panorama including Khirbet Ibn Baraq, which is left of the leftmost buildingswithin 2 km of Khirbet Ibn Baraq

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Haiyanwithin 2 km of Khirbet Haiyan

  3. not a proper name (quarries or similar): 15% confidence
  4. not a place (action taken by people): less than 10% confidence

Verses (1)

Josh 7:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShebarim (2007)Shebarim
OpenBible.infoac53696 (Shebarim)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Shebarim (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shebarim
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shebarim
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Shebarim
  5. Hess, Joshua (1996): 7:4-5
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shebarim
  8. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Shebarim
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Shebarim
  10. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Shebarim
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Shebarim
  12. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  13. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 7:5

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

Bukvoed, Bukvoed, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Biegel, Dvirraz


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.