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List of modern names for biblical place names

While the main Biblical place names like Jerusalem, Athens, Damascus, Alexandria, and Rome have been used for centuries, some have changed through the years.

Contents

Old Testament namesEdit

Biblical name Mentioned in Present name Province/Region Country Name Country Flag
Almon[1] Joshua 21:18 Khirbet Almit[2] Judea and Samaria Israel  
Babylon Jeremiah 50:1 - 50:46 Hillah[3] Babil Governorate Iraq  
Beth Arbel[4] Hosea 10:14 Irbid[5] Irbid Governorate Jordan  
Beth-tappuah[6] Joshua 15:53 Taffuh[7] Judea and Samaria Israel  
Bozrah[8] Amos 1:12 Bouseira[9] Tafilah Governorate Jordan  
Cuthah[10] II Kings 17:24 Tell Ibrahim[11] Babil Governorate Iraq  
Dedan[12] Ezekiel 38:13 Al-'Ula[13] Al Madinah Region Saudi Arabia  
Ecbatana[14] Ezra 6:2 Hamadan[15] Hamadan Province Iran  
Elim[16] Exodus 16:1 Wadi Gharandel[17] South Sinai Governorate Egypt  
Erech[18] Genesis 10:10 Uruk[19] Al Muthanna Governorate Iraq  
Etam[20] II Chronicles 11:6 Solomon's Pools[21][22] Judea and Samaria Israel  
Gath Joshua 13:3 Ramla[23][24] Central District Israel  
Gerar[25] Genesis 10:19 Haluza[26] Southern District Israel  
Gilo Joshua 15:51 Beit Jala[27][28] Judea and Samaria Israel  
Gozan[29] I Chronicles 5:26 Tell Halaf Al Hasakah Governorate Syria  
Harosheth Haggoyim[30] Judges 4:13 El Ahwat[31] Haifa District Israel  
Hamath[32] II Samuel 8:9 Hama[33] Hama Governorate Syria  
Hammath[34] Joshua 19:35 Tiberias[35] Northern District Israel  
Iron Joshua 19:38 Yaroun[36] Nabatieh Governorate Lebanon  
Joppa[37] Jonah 1:3 Jaffa[38] Tel Aviv District Israel  
Kadesh[39] Numbers 20:1 Petra[40] Ma'an Governorate Jordan  
Kir of Moab[41] Isaiah 15:1 Al Karak[42] Karak Governorate Jordan  
Kiriath-Jearim Joshua 9:17 Abu Ghosh[43] Jerusalem District Israel  
Kitron[44] Judges 1:30 Sepphoris[45] Northern District Israel  
Laish/Leshem[46][47] Judges 18:29 & Joshua 19:47 Tel Dan (Banias)[48] Northern District Israel  
Medeba[49][50] Numbers 21:30 & Joshua 13:9 Madaba[51] Madaba Governorate Jordan  
Nephtoah[52] Joshua 15:9 Lifta[53][54] Jerusalem District Israel  
No Ezekiel 30:14 Alexandria[55] Alexandria Governorate Egypt  
Noph Isaiah 19:13 Memphis[56][57] Giza Governorate Egypt  
No-amon/Thebes[58][59] Ezekiel30:16 & Nahum 3:8 Luxor Luxor Governorate Egypt  
Noph Isaiah 19:13 Memphis[60][61] Giza Governorate Egypt  
On/Awen[62] Genesis 46:20 Ayn Shams[63] Cairo Governorate Egypt  
Ono I Chronicles 8:12 Or Yehuda[64] Central District Israel  
Ophir Job 22:24 Sri Lanka[65] Island country Sri Lanka  
Pi-beseth/Bubastis[66] Ezekiel 30:17 Tell Basta[67] Al Sharqia Governorate Egypt  
Qiryat Arba[68] Joshua 14:15 Hebron[69] Hebron Governorate Israel  
Rabbah[70] Amos 1:14 Amman[71] Amman Governorate Jordan  
Rakkath Joshua 19:35 Tiberias[72] Northern District Israel  
Sarepta[73][74] I Kings 17:9 & Obadiah 20 Sarafand Southern Governorate Lebanon  
Seba (Saba)[75] Psalm 72:10 Meroë[76] River Nile Governorate Sudan  
Sheba[77] I Kings 10:1 Ma'rib[78] Ma'rib Governorate Yemen  
Shechem Genesis 12:6 Nablus[79] Judea and Samaria Area Israel  
Shiloah[80] Isaiah 8:6 Silwan Jerusalem District Israel  
Shomron (Samaria) I Kings 16:24 Sebaste[81] Judea and Samaria Area Israel  
Sin/Pelusium[82] Ezekiel 30:15 Tell el Farama[83] North Sinai Governorate Egypt  
Susa[84] Nehemiah 1:1 Shush[85] Khūzestān Province Iran  
Syene[86][87] Ezekiel 29:10 & 30:6 Aswan[88] Aswan Governorate Egypt  
Tadmor[89] II Chronicles 8:4 Palmyra[90][91] Homs Governorate Syria  
Tahpanhes[92] Jeremiah 44:1 Tell Defenneh[93] Dakahlia Governorate Egypt  
Timnah[94] Judges 14:1 Khirbet Tibneh[95] Jerusalem District Israel  
Timnath-heres[96] Joshua 19:50 Kifl Haris[97][98][99] Judea and Samaria Israel  
Ur[100][101] Genesis 11:31 & Nehemiah 9:7 Tell el Muqayyar Dhi Qar Governorate Iraq  
Zephathah (Zephath)[102] II Chronicles 14:10 Tell es-Safi Jerusalem District Israel  
Ziddim Joshua 19:35 Hittin[103] Northern District Israel  
Zoan[104] Numbers 13:22 Tanis[105] Al Sharqia Governorate Egypt  

New Testament namesEdit

Biblical name Mentioned in Present name Province/Region Country Name Country Flag
Adramyttium Acts 27:2 Burhaniye Balıkesir Province Turkey  
Antioch Acts 11:26 Antakya[106] Hatay Province Turkey  
Aphek Acts 23:31 Rosh HaAyin[107] Central District Israel  
Assos Acts 20:13 Behramkale[108] Çanakkale Province Turkey  
Attalia Acts 14:25 Antalya[109] Antalya Province Turkey  
Berea Acts 17:10-13 Veria Imathia Greece  
Cauda Acts 27:16 Gavdos Chania Greece  
Cenchrea Romans 16:1 Kechries Korinthía Greece  
Gerasa Mark 5:1 & Luke 8:26 Jerash[110] Jerash Governorate Jordan  
Iconium Acts 14:1 Konya Konya Province Turkey  
Lod Acts 9:32 Lod[111] Central District Israel  
Lystra Acts 14:8 Klistra[112] Konya Province Turkey  
Mitylene Acts 20:14 Mytilene[113] Lesbos Greece  
Myra Acts 27:5 Demre[114] Antalya Province Turkey  
Neapolis Acts 16:11 Kavala[115] East Macedonia and Thrace Greece  
Nicopolis Titus 3:12 Preveza[116] Epirus Greece  
Pergamum Revelation 2:12 Bergama İzmir Province Turkey  
Philadelphia Revelation 3:7 Alaşehir[117] Manisa Province Turkey  
Ptolemais Acts 21:7 Acre Northern District Israel  
Puteoli Acts 28:13 Pozzuoli Campania Italy  
Rhegium Acts 28:13 Reggio Calabria Calabria Italy  
Smyrna Revelation 2:8 İzmir İzmir Province Turkey  
Thessalonica I & II Thessalonians Thessaloniki Central Macedonia Greece  
Thyatira Revelation 2:18 Akhisar Manisa Province Turkey  

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0621.htm#18
  2. ^ Descriptive Geography and Brief Historical Sketch of Palestine (Testimony of Joseph Schwarz, 1850, s.v. Almon); for location of "Khirbet Almit" in relation to Anata, see 1880 map of region, in: Survey of Western Palestine, Map 17: IAA, Wikimedia commons
  3. ^ Babylon
  4. ^ http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1310.htm
  5. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/beth-arbel.htm
  6. ^ http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0615.htm#53
  7. ^ See page 310 in:Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, Herbert H. (1883). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology. 3. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. 
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  21. ^ Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews (Book viii, chapter vii, section 3; 8:186); Burial Places of the Fathers, published by Yehuda Levi Nahum in book: Ṣohar la-ḥasifat ginzei teiman (Heb. צהר לחשיפת גנזי תימן), Tel-Aviv 1986, p. 253, who quotes from an ancient rabbinic source: "Between Beth-Lehem and Hebron is the great pool, being the [water] duct that Hezekiah made, and the pool that he made, and it is [known as] Ein Etam." Rashi, who had not seen Josephus' writings, surmised that Ein Etam was the place known as "the waters of Nephtoah" (cf. Rashi's commentary on Yoma 31a and Zevahim 54b, s.v. עין עיטם); see also Rashi's comments on Joshua 15:8 and Deuteronomy 33.
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  23. ^ Ishtori Haparchi, Kaphtor u'ferach, vol. II, chapter 11, s.v. ויבנה בארץ פלשתים, (3rd edition) Jerusalem 2007, p. 78 (Hebrew)
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  26. ^ Rabbi Saadia Gaon's Judeo-Arabic Translation of the word Gerar (Judeo-Arabic: אלכ'לוץ = al-Khalūṣ) in the Pentateuch (Tafsir), s.v. Genesis 10:19, Genesis 20:2, Genesis 26:17, 20. On Haluza's proximity to Gerar, see: M. Naor, Gerar — Tell el Far'a, Bulletin of the Israel Exploration Society (1955), pp. 99–102 (Hebrew)
  27. ^ Victor Guérin, Description de la Palestine, Judée, Description de la Judée, Paris 1869, p. 298; See: Guérin, Victor (1869). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 1: Judee, pt. 3. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.  Others identify Giloh with Khirbet Jala, ca. 8 km. (5 mi.) north, northwest of Hebron. See: David Noel Freedman and Allen C. Myers, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, Grand Rapids 2000, p. 505 (s.v. Giloh) ISBN 0-8028-2400-5
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  34. ^ http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0619.htm#35
  35. ^ Jerusalem Talmud, Erubin 5:7; Tosefta, Erubin 7:2; cf. Jerusalem Talmud, Megillah 1:1 (2a). Hammath was, originally, an independent town (separate from Rakkath where Tiberias stands), but the suburbs of both towns merged into one. The Jerusalem Talmud mentions that Hammath was within the Sabbath-day walking distance, meaning, less than 1 biblical mile from Tiberias.
  36. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/yiron.htm
  37. ^ http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1701.htm
  38. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/joppa.htm
  39. ^ Place name translated by Onkelos in all places as Rekem (Hebrew: רקם). Not to be mistaken with the Kadesh of Upper Galilee.
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  50. ^ http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0613.htm
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  99. ^ According to the Samaritan Chronicle, in Kefr Ghuweirah (now called Awarta) is found the tomb of Joshua bin Nun. Conder and Kitchener, citing another Samaritan tradition, say rather that it was Eleazer the priest who was buried a "little way west of Awarta (at al 'Azeir)," while Joshua bin Nun was buried at Kefr Haris. See: Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 218 - 219
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  110. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/gerasa.htm
  111. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/lod.htm
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  114. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/myra.htm
  115. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/neapolis.htm
  116. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/nicopolis.htm
  117. ^ http://bibleatlas.org/philadelphia.htm