Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesBene-berak, Bene Berak
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Al Khayriyya (modern): 85% confidence
    1. landfill at Al KhayriyyaAl Khayriyya

  2. Tel Zeton (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel ZetonTel Zeton

Verses (1)

Josh 19:45

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookBene-berak (2007)Bene-berak
OpenBible.infoae83378 (Bene-berak)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_569


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 431
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Bene-berak (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Bene Berak
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Bene-berak
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Bene-Berak
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:45
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Bene-berak
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 24
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Bene-Berak
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:40-48
  15. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 160
  16. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Bene Berak
  17. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Bene-berak
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Bene-berak
  19. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  20. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Bene-berak
  21. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Bene-berak
  22. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Bene Beraq
  23. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:45
  24. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Bene-berak
  25. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  26. 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, Al Khayriyya), 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

Davidbena, Dr. Avishai Teicher


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.