Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameDalmanutha
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Magadan (ancient): 45% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at MajdalMajdal

    2. panorama of part of the eastern side of the Sea of Galileealong the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee

  2. another name for Magdala (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at MajdalMajdal

  3. Tabgha (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. church at TabghaTabgha

Verses (1)

Mark 8:10

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMagadan (2007)Dalmanutha
OpenBible.infoae8d09d (Dalmanutha)
UBS Names Databasent ID_275


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Dalmanutha
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Dalmanutha
  5. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Dalmanutha
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011)
  7. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  8. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 238
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  10. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Magadan
  11. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Dalmanutha
  12. New Bible Atlas (1985): Magdala
  13. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  14. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  15. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Mark 8:9-10
  16. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): page 124
  17. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001)
  18. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  19. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  20. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  21. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Mark 8:10

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 Magadan), 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

AVRAMGR, Hanay, Berthold Werner


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.