Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesEshtemoa, Eshtemoh
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1 Identification

  1. As Samu (modern): 75% confidence
    1. ruins at As SamuAs Samu

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 15:50, 21:14
1Sam-Esth (2)
1Sam 30:28
1Chr 6:57

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEshtemoa (2007)Eshtemoa, Eshtemoh
OpenBible.infoad68510 (Eshtemoa)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_422, ot ID_423


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 434
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Eshtemoa (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Eshtemoa
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Eshtemoa
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): 1Sam 30:26-31
  8. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 30:28
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Eshtemoa
  10. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Eshtemoa
  11. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Eshtemoa
  12. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  13. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  14. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  15. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Eshtemoa
  16. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 21:3-40; 1Sam 30:27-31
  17. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 235
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Anim
  19. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  20. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Eshtemoa
  21. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Eshtemoa, Eshtemoh (Place)
  22. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Estemoa
  23. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Eshtemoa
  24. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:50
  25. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Eshtemoa
  26. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  27. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  28. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:10-19

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

محمد الفلسطيني


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.