Ancient Bible Names with Their Current Names
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. Courtesy of: http://www.jcsm.org/
Following that is a list of ancient cities and where they are located.
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|The Ancient Country or People||The Current Name or Region||Map|
|Abimael, Obal, Sheleph and Uzal||Yemen||link|
|Ammon, Moab and Edom||Jordan||link|
|Arabia||Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and some of Iraq and Jordan||link|
|Canaan(ites)||Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon||link|
|Cush||Ethiopia and some of Sudan, Somalia and Yemen (and possibly more of northern Africa)||link|
|Decapolis||Northwestern Jordan and a small part of Israel||link|
|Dedan, Ophir, Jobab and Sheba||Saudi Arabia||link|
|Gomer||Ukraine (some suggest Germany)||link|
|Magog, Rus and Rosh||Russia||link|
|Midian||Western Saudi Arabia and Southern Jordan||link|
|Philistia||Palestine||link or link2|
|Phoenicia||Lebanon||link or link2|
|Persia||Iran and some of Iraq||link or link2|
|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 Africa near the Mediterranean Sea; others with Nubia, south of Egypt.)||Libya and some of Egypt and North Africa||link|
|Togarmah||Parts of Turkey, Turkomen, Turkestan and Armenia||link|
|Tarshish||Carthage (or possibly Great Britain)||link|
|Tubal||Turkey (or possibly Tobolosk)||link|
|The Ancient City||The Current Location||Map|
|Alexandria||Southeastern Turkey (Coastal)||link|
|Antioch||Northwest Syria (Coastal) - present day "Hatay"||link|
|Athens, Berea, Corinth, Philippi and Thessalonica||Greece||link|
|Ephesus, Pergamum and Smyrna||Western Turkey||link|
|Haran and Padan-aram||Eastern Syria||link|
|Iconium and Lystra||Central Turkey||link|
|Shinar||Iraq - Ancient Babel and present day "Babylon"||link|
|Sidon and Tyre||Western Lebanon (Coastal)||link|
|Tarsus||Eastern Turkey||link or link2|
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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