A list of ancient biblical names of people groups and places,
territories or countries with their current names or regions.



Have you ever read the names of people groups or of territories or of places in the Bible and wanted to know where they were located, today?

There are many places mentioned in the Bible that we cannot find on a map, today. The names of these places have changed. Some still look or sound a little like their ancient names while others don't look or sound anything like the original names.

Below is an extensive list of people groups in the ancient middle east with their current names. During the last five thousand years many places have changed names. Connect the Ancient Bible names and territories to Modern names and territories.

Following that is a list of ancient cities and where they are located.

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Ancient Bible Names of People Groups
The Ancient Country or People
The Current Name or Region
Map
Abimael, Obal, Sheleph and Uzal
Yemen
Ammon, Moab and Edom
Jordan
Amor(ites)
Eastern Israel
Arabia
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and some of Iraq and Jordan
Aram
Syria
Arkites
Lebanon
Ashkenaz
Germany
Asshur(ites)
Northern Iraq
Assyria
Iraq
Canaan(ites)
Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon
Caphtor(ites)
Crete
Cush
Ethiopia and some of Sudan, Somalia and Yemen (and possibly more of northern Africa)
Decapolis
Northwestern Jordan and a small part of Israel
Dedan, Ophir, Jobab and Sheba
Saudi Arabia
Girgashites
Western Jordan
Gomer
Ukraine (some suggest Germany)
Javan
Greece
Magog, Rus and Rosh
Russia
Midian
Western Saudi Arabia and Southern Jordan
Mizraim
Egypt
Philistia
Part of south western Turkey and lower plateau of western Israel by the Mediterannean Sea
Phoenicia
Lebanon
Persia, Parthia
Iran and some of Iraq
Phut/Put (a bow) the third name in the list of the sons of Ham (Ge 10:6; 1Ch 1:8). elsewhere applied to an African country or people. The few mentions of Phut in the Bible clearly indicate a country or people of Africa, and, it must be added, probably not far from Egypt (Isa 66:19; Jer 46:9; Eze 27:10; 30:5; 38:5; Na 3:9). Some identify it with Libya, in the northern part of Africa near the Mediterranean Sea; others with Nubia, south of Egypt.)
Libya and some of Egypt and North Africa
Riphath
Europe
Scythia
Southern Russia
Sinites
China, Mongolia
Togarmah
Parts of Turkey, Turkomen, Turkestan and Armenia
Tarshish
Carthage (or possibly Great Britain)
Tiras
Italy
Tubal
Turkey (or possibly Tobolosk)
Old City Names - Current location
The Ancient City
The Current Location
Map
Alexandria
Southeastern Turkey (Coastal)
Antioch
Northwest Syria (Coastal) - present day "Hatay"
Athens, Berea, Corinth, Philippi and Thessalonica
Greece
Babylon
Iraq
Cyrene
Northwest Libya
Damascus
Syria
Ephesus, Pergamum and Smyrna
Western Turkey
Elishah
Sicily
Haran and Padan-aram
Eastern Syria
Jebus
Jerusalem
Iconium and Lystra
Central Turkey
Kittim
Cyprus
Meshech
Moscow
Shechem
Nablus
Shinar
Iraq - Ancient Babel and present day "Babylon"
Sidon and Tyre
Western Lebanon (Coastal)
Smyrna
Izmir
Tarsus
Eastern Turkey
Ur
Southeastern Iraq
 

Sources: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, "Creation and the Second Coming" by Henry M. Morris, "World Atlas" by Rand McNally, "The Atlas of Bible Lands" by Harry Thomas Frank. "The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia" by Geoffrey W. Bromiley, "The Magog Invasion" by Chuck Missler, "The New Open Bible" by Nelson Publishing, The Strong's Concordance, and www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm.


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