Places in the Bible Today:

Geba 4

Data

Translated NamesGaba, Geba
Typesettlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Geba 1 (ancient): 75% confidence. It may be:
    1. cityscape of JabaJaba

    2. building at Tel el FulTel el Ful

  2. Burj el Bardawil (modern): 15% confidence
    1. ruins at Burj el BardawilBurj el Bardawil

  3. Khirbet et Tell (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet et TellKhirbet et Tell

  4. Jaba (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. cityscape of JabaJaba

Verses (1)

Josh 18:24

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
OpenBible.info (2007)Geba 1
OpenBible.infoae14b1d (Geba 4)
TIPNRGeba@Jos.18.24
UBS Names Databaseot ID_670

Sources

  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Geba (place)
  2. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 18
  3. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Geba
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Geba
  5. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 18:21-28
  6. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Geba
  7. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 311, 330
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Geba
  9. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Geba
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Geba
  11. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 18:21-24
  12. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Geba
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Geba

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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, another name for Geba 1), 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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Thumbnail Image Credits

יעקב, Eli.berckovitz, IsraelHikingMap, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019

About

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.