Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameAven
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Beth-aven 2 (ancient): 85% confidence. It may be:
    1. ruins at BeitinBeitin

    2. cityscape of Al BiraAl Bira

    3. panorama of ruins at Burj BeitinBurj Beitin

  2. not a proper name (common noun for "high places"): 15% confidence

Verses (1)

Hos 10:8

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAven (2007)Aven
OpenBible.infoaf3ccdf (Aven)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Aven (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Aven
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Aven
  4. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Aven
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979)
  6. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Aven
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Aven
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Aven
  9. Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2012): Hos 10:8
  10. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Aven
  11. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Aven
  12. 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, another name for Beth-aven 2), 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Deror_avi, יעקב, Bukvoed


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.