Mentioned in the Bible

Places mentioned in the Bible (Old and New Testaments). "Connections" are made where a
a. historic town/city is mentioned in the Bible without identifcation of a more specific location within it but the inscribed area can be regarded as including that part which would have existed in Biblical times
b. "historic" name is used in the Bible but scholarship or "tradition" has established that this refers to the same place as is inscribed under a (more) "modern" name.
c. specific location within a town/city is mentioned in the Bible and that location is inscribed or can be shown to be within the inscribed area. Thus, for instance, within Athens only the Acropolis is inscribed. But this location is not mentioned in the Bible even though Paul preached only a few 100 metres away at the Areopagus (Mars Hill) - so NO connection!

Connected Sites

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Ahwar of Southern Iraq Ur is considered by many to be the city of Ur Kasdim mentioned in the Book of Genesis as the birthplace of the Hebrew and Arab patriarch Abram ... There are however conflicting traditions and scholarly opinions identifying Ur Kasdim with the sites of Sanliurfa, Urkesh, Urartu or Kutha. Ur is mentioned four times in the Torah or Old Testament, with the distinction "of the Kasdim/Kasdin"—traditionally rendered in English as "Ur of the Chaldees". The Chaldeans were already settled in the vicinity by around 850 BC, but were not the rulers of Ur until the late 7th century BC, around 550 BC. The name is found in Genesis 11:28, Genesis 11:31, and Genesis 15:7. In Nehemiah 9:7, a single passage mentioning Ur is a paraphrase of Genesis. (Nehemiah 9:7) (wiki)
Archaeological site of Philippi According to the New Testament, in AD 49 or 50, the city was visited by the apostle Paul (Acts 16:9-10). From the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16:12) and the letter to the Philippians (Philippians 1:1), early Christians concluded that Paul had founded their community. Accompanied by Silas, Timothy and possibly Luke, the author of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul is believed to have preached for the first time on European soil in Philippi (Acts 16:12-40). According to the New Testament, Paul visited the city on two other occasions, in 56 and 57. (wiki)
Ashur Asshur, a city characterized by the mounds of Kalah Sherghat, on the west bank of the Tigris (Genesis 2:14)
Babylon Various places, including Genesis 10:10 "The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, and Accad, all of them in the land of Shinar."
Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" Bethany is mentioned in the Gospel of John 1:28 as being located on the east bank of the Jordan River
Bethlehem It is first mentioned in ... the Bible as the place where the matriarch Rachel died and was buried "by the wayside" (Gen. 48:7). (wiki), and 38 times more
Biblical Tells Meggido - Josh 12:21, Judg 1:27, 1 Kings 4:12, 9:15- Canaanites to Solomon; 2 Kings 29, 2 Chr 35:29, Zech 12:11 - Josiah killed fighting the Pharaoh; Hazor - Josh 11:1/10-13 - taken by Joshua; Josh 19:36, Judg 4:2, 1 Sam 12:9 - Taken again by Barak ; 1 Kings 9:15 fortified by Solomon; 2 Kings 15:29 - taken by Assyrians, Beer Sheba - Gen 21:31/2/3, 22:19, 26:33, 28:10 - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; Jos 19, 1 Chr 4;28 Tribe of Simeon; Judg 20:1, 1 Chr 21:2, 2 Sam 24:2 - "Dan to Beersheba" as the "Promised Land"
Byblos It is mentioned in the Bible in 1 Kings 5:18, referring to the nationality of the builders of Solomon's Temple, and also in Ezekiel 27:9, referring to the riches of Tyre.
Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin Maresha: "And Rehoboam...built cities for defense in Judah...Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph" (2 Chron. 11:5-8).
Cyrene Matt 27:32, Mark 15;21 - Simon from Cyrene bore the cross; Acts 2:10, 6:9,, 11:20, 13:1 - references to people from Cyrene
Damascus Gen 14:15, 15:2 - Abraham; 2 Sam 8:5, 1 Chr 18:5 1 Kings 11:23 - David; 2 Kings 15:37/16:7-9, Isa 7:8/17:1, Amos 1:4 Jer 49:24 - Damascus taken by Assyrians; Acts 1:9-25, Gal 1;17 - Paul conversion and revisit
Ephesus Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation (wiki)
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
Hierapolis-Pamukkale Colossians 4:13 - "I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis."
Island of Patmos Revelation 1 9 - John receives the Revelation
Old City of Acre (or Accho/Ptolomais). Jud 1:31 - The tribe of Asher fails to capture it; Acts 21:7 - Paul lands there
Old City of Jerusalem Numerous
Palmyra (Originally - Tadmor). 2 Chr 8:4 - Built by Solomon
Paphos Acts 13 6 - Visited by Paul who was lashed for preaching Christianity
Pergamon Red Basilica was one of the Seven Churches to which the Book of Revelation was addressed (Revelation 2:12). (wikitravel)
Pyramids (Memphis) (In Hebrew - Noph or Moph). Isaiah 19:13; Jeremiah 2:16; 44:1; 46:14, 19; Ezekiel. 30:13, 16
Rome Acts 28:16 - Paul reaches Rome
Saint Catherine Area Mt Sinai (or traditonally Horeb/Jebel Musa). 1 Kings 19 (Elijah) Exodus 19 (Moses); Neh 11:30 return from captivity; 2 Chr 19:4 - Kingdom of 10 tribes
Susa Susa is also mentioned in the Ketuvim of the Hebrew Bible by the name Shushan, mainly in Esther, but also once each in Nehemiah and Daniel. Both Daniel and Nehemiah lived in Susa during the Babylonian captivity of the 6th century BCE. Esther became queen there, and saved the Jews from genocide. A tomb presumed to be that of Daniel is located in the area, known as Shush-Daniel. The tomb is marked by an unusual white stone cone, which is neither regular nor symmetric. Many scholars believe it was at one point a Star of David. Susa is further mentioned in the Book of Jubilees (8:21 & 9:2) as one of the places within the inheritance of Shem and his eldest son Elam; and in 8:1, "Susan" is also named as the son (or daughter, in some translations) of Elam. (wiki)
Syracuse Acts 28:12 - Paul lands and stays for 3 days on way to Rome
Tyre Frequently mentioned in the Old Testament
Um er-Rasas Kastron Mefaa(camp of Mefaa), a settlement mentioned in the Bible (Joshua. 13:18; 21: 37:and Jeremiah 48:21


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