Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesShaalabbin, Shaalbim
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Salbit (modern): 80% confidence
    1. recent ruins at SalbitSalbit

  2. Khirbet Salhab (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet SalhabKhirbet Salhab

Verses (3)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 19:42
Judg 1:35
1Sam-Esth (1)
1Kgs 4:9

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShaalbim (2007)Shaalabbin, Shaalbim
OpenBible.infoae89331 (Shaalbim)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2949, ot ID_2950
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Shaalbim (anchor)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 442
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Shaalbim (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Shaalabim; Shaalabin
  4. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shaalabbin
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shaalabbin, Shaalbim
  6. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  7. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Shaalbim
  8. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  9. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:42
  10. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shaalbim
  11. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Shaalbim
  12. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Shaalbim
  13. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  14. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 24
  15. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  16. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shaalbim
  17. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Shaalbim
  18. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:40-48; Judg 1:35
  19. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 156
  20. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Shaalbim
  21. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  22. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  23. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  24. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Shaalbim
  25. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Saalbim
  26. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Shaalabbin, Shaalbim
  27. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:42
  28. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  30. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 1:35

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, Salbit), 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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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.