Places in the Bible Today:

Zanoah 2


Translated NameZanoah
Notesof the Shephelah
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5 Possible Identifications

  1. Khirbet Beit Amra (modern): 30% confidence
    1. cityscape of the modern city around Khirbet Beit AmraKhirbet Beit Amra

  2. Khirbet Umm el Amad (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Umm el AmadKhirbet Umm el Amad

  3. Khirbet Bism (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Khirbet BismKhirbet Bism

  4. Khirbet Bani Dar (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet Bani DarKhirbet Bani Dar

  5. Khirbet Zanuta (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet ZanutaKhirbet Zanuta

Verses (1)

Josh 15:56

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookZanoah (south) (2007)Zanoah 2
OpenBible.infoafe28fe (Zanoah 2)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_953
WikipediaCities in the Book of Joshua (nonunique url)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Zanoah (place)
  2. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Zanoah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Zanoah (place)
  4. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Zanoah
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Zanoah
  6. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 11
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Zanoah
  8. McKinny, Historical Geography of the Administrative Division of Judah (2014): pages 257, 258
  9. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Zanoah
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  11. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Zanoah
  12. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Zanoah
  13. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Zanoah
  14. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Zanoah
  15. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 15:56
  16. 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.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

יעקב, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, hatul


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.