Places in the Bible Today:

Sheba 2


Translated NameSheba
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Beersheba 1 (ancient): 40% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of ruins at Tel Beer ShevaTel Beer Sheva

    2. well at Bir es SebaBir es Seba

  2. another name for Shema (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of ruins at Tel Beer ShevaTel Beer Sheva

    2. satellite view of the region around Tel YeshuaTel Yeshua

    3. mosaic at Horbat Beer ShamaHorbat Beer Shama

  3. Tel Beer Sheva (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of ruins at Tel Beer ShevaTel Beer Sheva

Verses (1)

Josh 19:2

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSheba (Jos. 19:2) (2007)Sheba
OpenBible.infoae44746 (Sheba 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2795
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Sheba (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Sheba
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Sheba (place)
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Sheba; Shema
  5. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 92
  6. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Sheba
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Sheba
  8. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Sheba (Place)
  9. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sheba
  10. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:1-6
  11. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Sheba
  12. 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 (in this case, another name for Beersheba 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

gugganij, Daniel Baránek, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Israel Government Press Office


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.