Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesSecacah, Sekakah
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet es Samrah (modern): 40% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet es SamrahKhirbet es Samrah

  2. Qumran (modern): 20% confidence
    1. ruins at QumranQumran

  3. Ain Feshkah (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Ain FeshkahAin Feshkah

Verses (1)

Josh 15:61

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookSecacah (2007)Secacah
OpenBible.infoaf74b9f (Secacah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2057


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 441
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Secacah (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Secacah
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Secacah
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 15:61
  8. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Secacah
  9. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  10. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  11. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  12. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 122
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Secacah
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 15:61-62
  15. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 294, 295
  16. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 7
  17. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Secacah
  18. New Bible Atlas (1985): Secacah
  19. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Secacah
  20. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  21. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  22. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Secacah
  23. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 112
  24. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Secacah
  25. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Sekaka
  26. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Secacah
  27. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:61-62 note 2
  28. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  29. 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Bukvoed, Mboesch


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.