Places in the Bible Today:

Adullam

Data

Translated NamesAdullam, Adullamite
Typesettlement
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

2 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet esh Sheikh Madhkur (modern): 75% confidence
    1. panorama of Khirbet esh Sheikh MadhkurKhirbet esh Sheikh Madhkur

  2. Khirbet Id el Minya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet Id el MinyaKhirbet Id el Minya

Verses (9)

Gen-Deut (1)
Gen 38:1
Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 12:15, 15:35
1Sam-Esth (5)
1Sam 22:1
2Sam 23:13
1Chr 11:15
2Chr 11:7
Neh 11:30
Job-Mal (1)
Mic 1:15

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Biblemapper.com110
Logos FactbookAdullam
OpenBible.info (2007)Adullam
OpenBible.infoaf82614 (Adullam)
TIPNRAdullam@Jos.12.15
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2130
WikidataQ2914860

Sources

  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 429
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Adullam (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Adullam
  4. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  5. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Adullam
  6. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 142
  7. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  8. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Adullam
  9. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  10. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 12:15; 22:1-2
  11. Gordon, I and II Samuel (1986): 1Sam 22:1
  12. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Adullam
  13. Hamilton, Genesis (1995): 38:1
  14. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Adullam
  15. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  16. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  17. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  18. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Adullam
  19. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Adullam
  20. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 38:1; Josh 12:15; 1Sam 22:1
  21. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 38:1
  22. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): page 178
  23. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Adullam
  24. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  25. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  26. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  27. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Adullam
  28. Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas (2016): Adullam
  29. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Adullam
  30. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Adullam
  31. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 38:1
  32. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Adullam
  33. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:35
  34. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  35. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  36. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 12:15; 1Sam 22:1; Mic 1:14-15
  37. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 90

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted 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 Sheikh Madhkur), 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

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About

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.