Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameHelkath
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4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Qashish (modern): 40% confidence
    1. panorama of Tel QashishTel Qashish

  2. another name for Hukkok (ancient): 15% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Khirbet el JemeijimehKhirbet el Jemeijimeh

    2. ruins at YaquqYaquq

  3. Tel Regev (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. closeup of Tel RegevTel Regev

  4. Tell Amr (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of Tell AmrTell Amr

Verses (2)

Josh 19:25, 21:31

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookHelkath (2007)Helkath
OpenBible.infoa1d1918 (Helkath)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1068
WikipediaList of minor biblical places#Helkath (anchor)


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 436
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Helkath (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Helkath
  4. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 44
  5. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  6. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Helkath
  7. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  8. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 19:24
  9. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Helkath
  10. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  11. Hess, Joshua (1996): table 22
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Helkath
  14. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 19:24-31
  15. Monson, Regions on the Run (2009): map 5
  16. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Helkath
  17. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Helkath
  19. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Helkath
  20. Rogerson, New Atlas of the Bible (1985): page 129
  21. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Helkath
  22. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Helkath
  23. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 19:24-25
  24. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  25. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  26. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 21:27-33

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, 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

Hanay, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Hanay, Hanay, שועל


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.