Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameLasha
Typesregion or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

5 Possible Identifications

  1. Callirrhoe (modern): 30% confidence
    1. ruins at CallirrhoeCallirrhoe

  2. another name for Zoar (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Al SafiAl Safi

    2. panorama of hills in the region south of the Lisanin the region south of the Lisan

    3. panorama of a region north of the Dead Seain the region north of the Dead Sea

    4. satellite view of the region around Tell al Sheikh IsaTell al Sheikh Isa

    5. canyon at the mouth of Wadi Mujibmouth of Wadi Mujib

    6. satellite view of the region around Tawahin el SukkarTawahin el Sukkar

    7. satellite view of the region around Esh ShaghurEsh Shaghur

    8. satellite view of the region around Tall IktanuTall Iktanu

    9. ruins at Bab edh DhraBab edh Dhra

  3. another name for Laash (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Hamawithin 30 km of Hama

  4. another name for Nuhashe (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of a plain in NuhasheNuhashe

  5. another name for Dan (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. gate at Tel DanTel Dan

Verses (1)

Gen 10:19

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookLasha (2007)Lasha
OpenBible.infoadaef13 (Lasha)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1667


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Lasha (place)
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Lasha
  3. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Lasha
  4. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 10:6-20
  5. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  6. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Lasha
  7. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Lasha
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Lasha
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  10. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Lasha
  11. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 10:19
  12. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Lasha
  13. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  14. 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, 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

Otto von Freising, Ana al’ain, Adeeb Atwan, Вячеслав Ребров, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, hikinginjordan, Ana al’ain, TheRealHuldra, Herbert Frank, Lajoya02


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.