Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesSahar, Zahar
Notesalso called Zahar and Suhar; this location is unusual in that it doesn’t have an entry in most dictionaries
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. Sahl as Sahra (modern): 50% confidence
    1. park at Sahl as SahraSahl as Sahra

  2. not a place (part of a phrase meaning "white wool"): 20% confidence

Verses (1)

Ezek 27:18

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookZahar (2007)Sahar
OpenBible.infoaf9e903 (Sahar)


  1. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Zahar
  2. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Ezek 27:18
  3. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Zahar
  4. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Sahar
  5. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Zahar

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, Sahl as Sahra), 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.

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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.