Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesRed sea, Suph
Typesbody of water or settlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

3 Possible Identifications

  1. another name for the Red Sea 2 (ancient): 35% confidence
    1. panorama of the Gulf of AqabaGulf of Aqaba

  2. another name for Suphah (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around SufehSufeh

    2. panorama of the Gulf of AqabaGulf of Aqaba

  3. Sufeh (modern): 15% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around SufehSufeh

Verses (1)

Deut 1:1

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSuph (2007)Suph
OpenBible.infoaf725bb (Suph)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2041


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Suph (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Suph
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Suph
  4. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  5. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Suph
  6. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Red Sea
  7. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Suph
  8. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Suph
  9. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Suph
  10. 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.

Thumbnail Image Credits

mikkelsaar, 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.