Places in the Bible Today:

Debir 3


Translated NamesDebir, Lo-debar
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Lo-debar (ancient): 55% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Tel Dover, which is the hill just behind the fenceTel Dover

    2. satellite view of the region around Umm ed DebarUmm ed Debar

    3. satellite view of the region around Tell el HammeTell el Hamme

    4. satellite view of the region around Tell el MughanniyaTell el Mughanniya

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet HamidKhirbet Hamid

    6. satellite view of the region around IbdarIbdar

  2. Umm ed Debar (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Umm ed DebarUmm ed Debar

Verses (1)

Josh 13:26

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier (2007)Debir 3
OpenBible.infoac6416d (Debir 3)
WikipediaDebir (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Debir
  3. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 198
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 13:26 note
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Lidebir
  7. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  8. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 9
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  14. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Debir
  15. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Amos 6:13 note
  16. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  17. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Debir
  18. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 13:26-27
  19. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  20. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  21. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

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, another name for Lo-debar), 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Aaadir, 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.