Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameEzel
Typestone heap
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. not a proper name (stone heap): 45% confidence
  2. within 1 km of Gibeah 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. building at Tel el Fulwithin 1 km of Tel el Ful

    2. cityscape of Jabawithin 1 km of Jaba

Verses (2)

1Sam 20:19, 20:41

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookThe Stone Heap
OpenBible.infoacb3716 (Ezel)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Ezel (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Ezel
  3. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Ezel
  4. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Ezel
  5. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Ezel
  6. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Ezel
  7. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Ezel
  8. 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, not a proper name (stone heap)), 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.