Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NamesMithcah, Mithkah
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2 Possible Identifications

  1. within 50 km of Hashmonah (ancient): 90% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Wadi Umm Hashimwithin 50 km of Wadi Umm Hashim

    2. panorama of ruins at Tel Beer Shevawithin 50 km of Tel Beer Sheva

    3. satellite view of the region around Ain Muweilehwithin 50 km of Ain Muweileh

    4. panorama of Har Zinwithin 50 km of Har Zin

    5. panorama from Qoseimehwithin 50 km of Qoseimeh

    6. satellite view of the region around Imaret el Khureishehwithin 50 km of Imaret el Khureisheh

    7. trees at Bireinwithin 50 km of Birein

    8. panorama from Ain Qoseimehwithin 50 km of Ain Qoseimeh

    9. satellite view of the region around Tell es Saqatiwithin 50 km of Tell es Saqati

    10. well at Bir es Sebawithin 50 km of Bir es Seba

    11. satellite view of the region around Jebel es Sabhawithin 50 km of Jebel es Sabha

    12. satellite view of the region around Jebel el Hamrahwithin 50 km of Jebel el Hamrah

    13. satellite view of the region around Givat Hablanimwithin 50 km of Givat Hablanim

    14. satellite view of the region around Tel Masoswithin 50 km of Tel Masos

    15. aerial panorama of ruins at Avdatwithin 50 km of Avdat

    16. panorama of Tel Sharuhenwithin 50 km of Tel Sharuhen

    17. panorama of Jebel Nebi Harunwithin 50 km of Jebel Nebi Harun

    18. aerial panorama looking west at the mouth of Wadi Jirafi, which is beyond the cropswithin 50 km of the mouth of Wadi Jirafi

  2. along Wadi abu Taqiya (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. well along Wadi abu Taqiyaalong Wadi abu Taqiya

Verses (2)

Num 33:28, 33:29

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMithkah (2007)Mithkah
OpenBible.infoaa5f658 (Mithkah)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Mithkah (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Mithkah
  3. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Mithkah
  4. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Mithkah
  5. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Mithkah
  6. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Mithcah
  7. 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 (in this case, within 50 km of Hashmonah), 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

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, gugganij, yandud , Hamal Photography, Matson Collection, Daniel Ventura, Matson Collection, Daniel Baránek, אסף.צ, The devious diesel, Uri, Matanba, valleyofdawn


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.