Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameSansannah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet esh Shamsaniyat (modern): 60% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet esh ShamsaniyatKhirbet esh Shamsaniyat

  2. another name for Hazar-susah (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Sbalat Abu SuseinSbalat Abu Susein

Verses (1)

Josh 15:31

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSansannah (2007)Sansannah
OpenBible.infoaeedde4 (Sansannah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2078
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Sansannah (anchor)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 441
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Sansannah (place)
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Sansannah
  4. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Sansannah
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Sansannah
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:31
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Sansannah
  10. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Sansannah
  11. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  12. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  13. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Sansannah
  15. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:21-32
  16. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 105
  17. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Sansannah
  18. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  19. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Sansannah
  20. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Sansannah
  21. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Sansannah
  22. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Sansanna
  23. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Sansannah
  24. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:31
  25. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Sansannah
  26. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  27. 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, Khirbet esh Shamsaniyat), 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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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.