Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesLibya, Libyans, Phut, Pul, Put
Typesregion or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Libya (ancient): 65% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in LibyaLibya

  2. another name for Punt (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of hills in PuntPunt

  3. another name for Cyrene (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of ruins at CyreneCyrene

Verses (6)

  1. Isa 66:19
  2. Jer 46:9
  3. Ezek 27:10, 30:5, 38:5
  4. Nah 3:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookPut (nation) (2007)Pul, Put
OpenBible.infoad0520f (Put)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1532


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Put
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Put
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
  6. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Jer 46:7-9; Jer 46:7-9; Ezek 38:4-16
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Put
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 10:6 note
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Put
  12. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Put
  13. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Isa 66:19; Ezek 27:10; Nah 3:9
  14. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Put, Nation
  15. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Put
  16. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  17. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  18. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  19. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Nah 3:9
  20. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Put (Place)
  21. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Phut
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Jer 46:9; Nah 3:9; Nah 3:9
  25. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 46

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 Libya), 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

ماهر العوامي, Abukar Musa, joepyrek


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.