Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameGiah
Typesnatural area or valley
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. within 10 km of Ammah (ancient): 60% confidence. It may be:
    1. quarry in the region east of Gibeonwithin 10 km of the region east of Gibeon

    2. cityscape in Sahel Gebawithin 10 km of Sahel Geba

  2. not a proper name (common noun for "valley"): 15% confidence
  3. Sahel Geba (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape in Sahel GebaSahel Geba

Verses (1)

2Sam 2:24

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGiah (2007)Giah
OpenBible.infoac66d7a (Giah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_723


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ammah (place); Giah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Giah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Giah
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Giah
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Giah
  7. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Giah
  9. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Giah
  10. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Giah
  11. 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, within 10 km of Ammah), 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

Eli.berckovitz, יעקב


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.