Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameMamre
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Ramat el Khalil (modern): 65% confidence
    1. ruins at Ramat el KhalilRamat el Khalil

  2. Ain Sebta (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. monastery at Ain SebtaAin Sebta

  3. Khirbet Nimreh (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet NimrehKhirbet Nimreh

Verses (6)

Gen 23:17, 23:19, 25:9, 35:27, 49:30, 50:13

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMamre (campsite) (2007)Mamre
OpenBible.infoaeb9e97 (Mamre)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1789


  1. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Mamre
  2. Baldwin, Genesis 12-50 (1986): 13:2-18
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Mamre
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Mamre (place)
  5. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  6. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Mamre
  7. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Mamre
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Mamre
  9. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 13:18 note
  10. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  11. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Mamre
  12. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Mamre the Campsite
  13. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 14:13-16
  14. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Mamre
  15. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Mamre
  16. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  17. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  18. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  19. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Mamre
  20. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Mambre
  21. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Mamre
  22. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Mamre
  23. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  24. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 23:17
  26. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 399

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, Ramat el Khalil), 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

Yywilk, Copper Kettle, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


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.