Places in the Bible Today:

Goshen 2


Translated NameGoshen
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. about 20 km around Goshen 3 (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. historical cityscape of Dahriyaabout 20 km around Dahriya

    2. panorama of Tel Halifabout 20 km around Tel Halif

    3. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Tatritabout 20 km around Khirbet Tatrit

    4. artifact from Tell Beit Mirsimabout 20 km around Tell Beit Mirsim

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el Qaryateinabout 20 km around Khirbet el Qaryatein

  2. another name for Goshen 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of a plain in Goshen 1Goshen 1

Verses (2)

Josh 10:41, 11:16

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookGoshen (2007)Goshen 2
OpenBible.infoad3e63c (Goshen 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_772
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Goshen (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Goshen
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Goshen
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 10:41
  5. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 45:9-11
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Goshen
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. Howard, Joshua (1998): 10:41
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Goshen
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 10:41
  11. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Goshen of Israel
  12. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 237
  13. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Goshen
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Goshen
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Goshen
  16. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  17. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  18. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 10:41

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, about 20 km around Goshen 3), 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

Rami Atwan, Danny Gershoni, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay, Didia


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.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.