Places in the Bible Today:

Debir 2


Translated NameDebir
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Khan el Hatrur (modern): 30% confidence
    1. building at Khan el HatrurKhan el Hatrur

  2. Thoghret ed Debr (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Thoghret ed DebrThoghret ed Debr

  3. another name for Debir 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. recent ruins at Khirbet RabudKhirbet Rabud

    2. artifact from Tell Beit MirsimTell Beit Mirsim

    3. ruins at Khirbet TarramaKhirbet Tarrama

  4. along Wadi ed Debr (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. closeup of cliffs along Wadi ed Debralong Wadi ed Debr

Verses (1)

Josh 15:7

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookDebir (above Achor Valley) (2007)Debir 2
OpenBible.infoad334c4 (Debir 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_785
WikipediaDebir (partial)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Debir (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Debir
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Debir
  4. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Debir
  6. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 10
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Debir
  9. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:7
  10. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 58
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Debir
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Debir
  14. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:7-8
  15. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Debir
  16. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 15:5

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, for example, 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

Dr. Avishai Teicher, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, hatul, Hanay, hatul, Hoshvilim


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.