Places in the Bible Today:

Shamir 2


Translated NameShamir
Notesin Ephraim
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for Samaria 1 (ancient): 30% confidence
    1. ruins at SamariaSamaria

  2. Khirbet Samara (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet SamaraKhirbet Samara

  3. another name for Shamir 1 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al BiraKhirbet al Bira

    2. satellite view of the region around Khirbet SumaraKhirbet Sumara

    3. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Anab es SeghirehKhirbet Anab es Seghireh

    4. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Anab al KabirKhirbet Anab al Kabir

    5. satellite view of the region around Khirbet FuqeiqisKhirbet Fuqeiqis

    6. satellite view of the region around Khirbet al SimiaKhirbet al Simia

    7. satellite view of the region around Khirbet RaddanaKhirbet Raddana

Verses (2)

Judg 10:1, 10:2

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookShamir (of Ephraim) (2007)Shamir 2
OpenBible.infoaf6476f (Shamir 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2912
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Shamir (anchor)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Shamir (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Shamir
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Shamir
  4. Boling, Joshua (1982): 15:48b
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Shamir
  8. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  9. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Shamir
  10. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Judg 10:1
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  12. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Shamir
  13. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  14. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Judg 10:2

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.

Places with Similar Names

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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.