Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameAmaw
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. between Aleppo and Carchemish (modern): 60% confidence
    1. panorama of a lake in the region between Aleppo and Carchemishbetween Aleppo and Carchemish

  2. another name for Ammon (ancient): 25% confidence
    1. ruins at AmmanAmmon

  3. not a proper name (common noun for "people"): 20% confidence

Verses (1)

Num 22:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAmaw (2007)Amaw
OpenBible.infoac5cab3 (Amaw)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Amaw
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  6. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Amaw
  7. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Amau
  8. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Amaw
  9. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Amaw
  10. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  11. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Amaw
  12. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Num 22:5

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 (in this case, between Aleppo and Carchemish), 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

عمرو بن كلثوم, Berthold Werner


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. 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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.