Places in the Bible Today:

Calneh 1


Translated NamesCalneh, Kalneh
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Nippur (modern): 15% confidence
    1. building at NippurNippur

  2. not a proper name (collective noun): less than 10% confidence
  3. Hursagkalamma (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at HursagkalammaHursagkalamma

  4. another name for Calneh 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. aerial panorama of ruins at Tell TayinatTell Tayinat

    2. satellite view of the region around Kullan KöyKullan Köy

    3. satellite view of the region around Chatal HuyukChatal Huyuk

Verses (1)

Gen 10:10

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookCalneh (2007)Calneh
OpenBible.infoaee80af (Calneh 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1561
WikipediaCalneh (partial)


  1. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Calneh
  3. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 10:10
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  5. Kidner, Genesis (1967): 10:10
  6. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016)
  7. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 10:8-12
  8. New Bible Dictionary (1996)
  9. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  10. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 10:10
  11. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 10:10
  12. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Calneh
  13. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975)
  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.

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Thumbnail Image Credits

Jasmine N. Walthall, U.S. Army, Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), Stephen Batiuk, 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.