Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameMoriah
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. about 2 km around Mount Moriah (ancient): 40% confidence
    1. Dome of the Rock on Mount Moriahabout 2 km around Mount Moriah

  2. about 2 km around Al Eizariya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Al Eizariyaabout 2 km around Al Eizariya

  3. about 2 km around Mount Gerizim (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama facing south of Mount Gerizimabout 2 km around Mount Gerizim

  4. about 2 km around Moreh 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahabout 1 km around Tell Balatah

    2. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahabout 200 m around Tell Balatah

    3. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahabout 2 km around Tell Balatah

  5. about 2 km around Mamre (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at Ramat el Khalilabout 2 km around Ramat el Khalil

    2. monastery at Ain Sebtaabout 2 km around Ain Sebta

    3. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Nimrehabout 2 km around Khirbet Nimreh

Verses (1)

Gen 22:2

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMoriah (2007)Moriah
OpenBible.infoadaf385 (Moriah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1856


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Moriah (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Moriah; Land of Moriah
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Moriah
  4. Baldwin, Genesis 12-50 (1986): 22:1-24
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Moriah
  6. Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (2008-2012): Gen 22:2
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Moriah
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Moriah (Land of)
  9. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 22:2
  10. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 22:2 note
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): pages 133, 161
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Moriah
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 22:2
  15. Kidner, Genesis (1967): 22:2
  16. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Moriah
  17. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 22:1-2
  18. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Moriah
  19. New Bible Atlas (1985): Moriah
  20. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Moriah
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Moriah
  24. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 22:2
  25. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 22:2
  26. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Moriah, Land of
  27. Williams, Genesis (2000): 22:1-19
  28. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Moriah
  29. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  31. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 22:2

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 2 km around Mount Moriah), 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.

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Godot13, Naheel Abu Ghaith نهيل أبو غيث, יאיר דב, יאיר דב, Yywilk, Copper Kettle, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.