Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameAphekah
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet al Hadab (modern): 50% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al HadabKhirbet al Hadab

  2. Khirbet el Marajim (modern): 25% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el MarajimKhirbet el Marajim

  3. another name for Aphek 2 (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tell Ras el AinTell Ras el Ain

  4. Khirbet Kan’an (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Kan’anKhirbet Kan’an

Verses (1)

Josh 15:53

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAphekah (2007)Aphekah
OpenBible.infoae46bcd (Aphekah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_328


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Aphekah (place)
  2. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Aphekah
  4. Butler, Joshua 13-24 (2017): Aphekah
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Aphekah
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Aphekah
  7. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  8. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Aphekah
  9. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 249
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Aphek, Aphekah
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Aphekah
  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.

Places with Similar Names

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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Giladtop


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.