Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBaal-gad, Baal Gad
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6 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Baal-hermon (ancient): 25% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Mount HermonMount Hermon

    2. ruins at BaniasBanias

  2. Tell Haush (modern): 20% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell HaushTell Haush

  3. Banias (modern): 20% confidence
    1. ruins at BaniasBanias

  4. Hasbaya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of HasbayaHasbaya

  5. Baalbek (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. building at BaalbekBaalbek

  6. Ain Jedeideh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Ain JedeidehAin Jedeideh

Verses (3)

Josh 11:17, 12:7, 13:5

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBaal-Gad (2007)Baal-gad
OpenBible.infoae12e43 (Baal-gad)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_581


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Baal-gad (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Baal Gad
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Baal-gad
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Baal-Gad
  5. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 11:17
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Baal-gad
  7. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Baal-gad
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Baal-Gad
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 11:16-17
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Baal-gad
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  13. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  14. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  15. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 367

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

Almog, EdoM, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, AMCHE, Saadedine AL SAIDI


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.