List of biblical place names in North America

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North America has numerous places named after biblical towns and places. While most of them are in the eastern United States, very few are in the west and in Canada.[citation needed]

Contents

North America ListEdit

Province/
State
Subdivision Place Biblical Place First Biblical Mention
(according to KJV order of books)
  AL Limestone County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  AL Houston County Dothan[1] Dothan Genesis 37:17
  AL Cullman County & Marshall County Joppa Jaffa Joshua 19:46
  AL Etowah County & Marshall County Sardis City Sardis Revelation 3:1
  AK Unorganized Borough Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  AK Unorganized Borough Elim Elim Exodus 15:27
  AZ Maricopa County Phoenix Phoenix Acts 27:12
  AR Crittenden County Jericho Jericho Numbers 22:1
  AR Saline County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  AR Benton County Siloam Springs[2] Shiloah Luke 13:4
  BC Vancouver Jericho Beach Jericho Numbers 22:1
  CA Contra Costa County Antioch[3] Antioch Acts 6:5
  CA Monterey County Carmel-by-the-sea[4] Carmel Joshua 12:22
  CO Pueblo County Beulah Beulah Isaiah 62:4
  CT New Haven County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  CT Fairfield County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  CT Litchfield County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  CT New London County Bozrah Bozrah Genesis 36:33
  CT Litchfield County Canaan Canaan Genesis 9:18
  CT Litchfield County Goshen Goshen Genesis 45:10
  CT Tolland County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  CT New London County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  CT Fairfield County New Canaan Canaan Genesis 9:18
  CT New London County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  CT Litchfield County Sharon Sharon 1 Chronicles 5:16
  DE Sussex County Bethany Beach Bethany Matthew 21:7
  DE Sussex County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  DE Sussex County Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth Genesis 26:22
  FL Volusia County New Smyrna Beach Smyrna Revelation 2:8
  GA Clarke County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  GA Barrow County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  GA Richmond County Hephzibah[5] Hephzibah 2 Kings 21:1
  GA Carroll County Mount Zion Zion 2 Samuel 5:7
  GA Floyd County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  GA Upson County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  GA Cobb County Smyrna Smyrna Revelation 2:8
  IL Menard County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  IL Moultrie County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  IL McHenry County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  IL St. Clair County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  IL Macon County Mount Zion Zion 2 Samuel 5:7
  IL Peoria County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  IL Marion County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  IL Lake County Zion Zion 2 Samuel 5:7
  IN Elkhart County Goshen Goshen Genesis 45:10
  IN Porter County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  IN Sullivan County Jericho Jericho Numbers 22:1
  IN Boone County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  IN Noble County Rome City Rome Acts 2:10
  IN Washington County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  IA Fayette County Illyria Township Illyria Romans 15:19
  IA Henry County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  IA Henry County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  KS Dickinson County Abilene Abilene Luke 3:1
  KS Smith County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  KY Boone County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  KY Marion County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  KY Robertson County Mount Olivet Mount of Olives Zechariah 14:4
  KY Livingstone County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  LA Claiborne Parish Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  ME Somerset County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  ME Oxford County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  ME Somerset County Canaan Canaan Genesis 9:18
  ME Oxford County Gilead Gilead Genesis 31:21
  ME Oxford County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  ME York County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  ME Aroostook County Mars Hill Areopagus Acts 17:22
  ME Kennebec County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  MD Montgomery County Damascus Damascus Genesis 14:15
  MD Wicomico County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  MD Harford County Joppatowne Jaffa Joshua 19:46
  MA Hampshire County Goshen Goshen Genesis 45:10
  MA Franklin County New Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  MA Bristol County Rehoboth Rehoboth Genesis 26:22
  MA Essex County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  MA Norfolk County Sharon Sharon 1 Chronicles 5:16
  MI Calhoun County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  MI Benzie County Beulah Beulah Isaiah 62:4
  MI Branch County Gilead Township Gilead Genesis 31:21
  MN Anoka County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  MN Stearns County Zion Zion 2 Samuel 5:7
  MS Alcorn County Corinth Corinth Revelation 1:11
  MS Neshoba County Philadelphia Philadelphia Revelation 1:11
  MO Harrison County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  MO Shelby County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  MO Cedar County Jerico Springs Jericho Numbers 22:1
  MO Laclede County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  MO Harrison County Mount Moriah Moriah Genesis 22:2
  MO Dent County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NE Thayer County Gilead Gilead Genesis 31:21
  NE Thayer County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  NE Richardson County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NB Queens County Damascus Damascus Genesis 14:15
  NB Westmorland County Jericho Jericho Numbers 22:1
  NB Albert County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  NL Newfoundland Mount Moriah Moriah Genesis 22:2
  NH Grafton County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  NH Grafton County Canaan Canaan Genesis 9:18
  NH Grafton County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  NH Grafton County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  NH Rockingham County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NJ Hunterdon County Bethlehem Township Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  NJ Hunterdon County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  NJ Camden County Mount Ephraim Mount Ephraim Joshua 19:50
  NJ Salem County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NM Valencia County Belen Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  NM McKinley County Rehoboth Rehoboth Genesis 26:22
  NM Doña Ana County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NY Greene County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  NY Suffolk County Babylon Babylon Genesis 11:9
  NY Genesee County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  NY Sullivan County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  NY Albany County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  NY Columbia County Canaan Canaan Genesis 9:18
  NY Fulton County Ephratah Ephrath Genesis 35:19
  NY Orange County Goshen Goshen Genesis 45:10
  NY Washington County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  NY Nassau County Jericho Jericho Numbers 22:1
  NY Yates County Jerusalem Jerusalem Joshua 10:1
  NY Madison County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  NY Saratoga County Malta Malta Acts 28:1
  NY Essex County Moriah Moriah Genesis 22:2
  NY Oneida County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  NY Washington County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NC Pitt County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  NC Alexander County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  NC Madison County Mars Hill Areopagus Acts 17:22
  NC Montgomery County Mount Gilead Gilead Genesis 31:21
  NC Wayne County & Duplin County Mount Olive Mount of Olives Zechariah 14:4
  NC McDowell County Nebo Nebo Numbers 32:3
  NC Burke County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  NC Forsyth County Winston-Salem[6] Salem Genesis 14:18
  ND Morton County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  OH Athens County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  OH Cuyahoga County Berea Veria Acts 17:10
  OH Clermont County Bethel Bethel Genesis 12:8
  OH Morrow County Mount Gilead Gilead Genesis 31:21
  OH Licking County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  OH Monroe County Jerusalem Jerusalem Joshua 10:1
  OH Warren County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  OH Adams County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  OH Columbiana County & Mahoning County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  OK Oklahoma County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  OK Pottawatomie County Bethel Acres Bethel Genesis 12:8
  OK Marshall County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  ON Leeds and Grenville United Counties Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  ON Kawartha Lakes Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  ON Wellington County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  OR Washington County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  OR Clackamas County Damascus Damascus Genesis 14:15
  OR Linn County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  OR Marion County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  PA Lehigh County & Northampton County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  PA Northumberland County Dalmatia Dalmatia 2 Timothy 4:10
  PA Lehigh County Emmaus Emmaus Luke 24:13
  PA Lancaster County Ephrata Ephrath Genesis 35:19
  PA Lebanon County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  PA Northampton County Nazareth Nazareth Matthew 2:23
  PA Philadelphia County Philadelphia[7] Philadelphia Revelation 1:11
  PA Bradford County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  PA Centre County Zion Zion 2 Samuel 5:7
  PE Prince County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  QC Montérégie Béthanie Bethany Matthew 21:7
  RI Washington County Galilee Galilee Joshua 20:7
  RI Washington County Jerusalem Jerusalem Joshua 10:1
  SK Rural Municipality of Orkney No. 244 Ebenezer Eben-Ezer 1 Samuel 4:1
  SC Greenwood County Promised Land Promised Land Genesis 9:18
  SC Oconee County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  SD McCook County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  TN McMinn County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  TN Wilson County Lebanon[8] Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  TN Shelby County Memphis[9] Memphis Hosea 9:6
  TN Loudon County Philadelphia Philadelphia Revelation 1:11
  TX Taylor County & Jones County Abilene[10] Abilene Luke 3:1
  TX Henderson County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  TX Collin County & Denton County Hebron[11] Hebron Genesis 13:18
  TX Hall County Memphis Memphis Hosea 9:6
  TX Castro County Nazareth Nazareth Matthew 2:23
  TX Wise County Rhome Rome Acts 2:10
  UT Sanpete County Ephraim Mount Ephraim Joshua 19:50
  UT Grand County Moab Moab Genesis 19:37
  UT Utah County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  UT Salt Lake County South Jordan Jordan River Genesis 13:10
  UT Salt Lake County West Jordan Jordan River Genesis 13:10
  VT Windham County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  VT Essex County Canaan Canaan Genesis 9:18
  VT Orange County Corinth Corinth Acts 18:1
  VT Chittenden County Jericho Jericho Numbers 22:1
  VA Washington County Damascus Damascus Genesis 14:15
  VA Loudoun County Mount Gilead Gilead Genesis 31:21
  VA Russell County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  VA Roanoke County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  WA Grant County Ephrata[12] Ephrath Genesis 35:19
  WA Whitman County Tekoa Tekoa 1 Chronicles 2:24
  WV Mercer County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  WV Brooke County Bethany Bethany Matthew 21:7
  WV Ohio County Bethlehem Bethlehem Genesis 35:19
  WV Tucker County Canaan Valley Canaan Genesis 9:18
  WV Harrison County Salem Salem Genesis 14:18
  WI Marathon County Athens Athens Acts 17:15
  WI Jefferson County Hebron Hebron Genesis 13:18
  WI Dodge County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  WI Waupaca County Lebanon Lebanon Deuteronomy 1:7
  WI Adams County Rome Rome Acts 2:10
  WI Jefferson County Rome Rome Acts 2:10

United States extended listEdit

AntiochEdit

Antioch on the Orontes (Greek Ἀντιόχεια ἡ ἐπὶ Ὀρόντου Antiocheia hē epi Orontou) was a city on the eastern side of the Orontes River. It was visited by Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

BethabaraEdit

Bethabara (Aramaic בית עברה Bēth‛ăbhārāh) is a site where John the Baptist baptized.

BethanyEdit

Bethany (Aramaic: בית עניא, Beth Anya, "house of the figs") was a village near Jerusalem and residence of the siblings Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and also Simon the Leper.

BethelEdit

Bethel (Hebrew: בֵית אֵל bet el, "House of God") was a border town between Benjamin and Ephraim.

BethesdaEdit

The Pool of Bethesda (Aramaic בית חסדא Beth ḥesda "House of Mercy") is a healing pool in Jerusalem.

BethlehemEdit

Bethlehem (בֵית לֶחֶם Beit Lehem, Literally: "House of the bread'") was a town in the hill country of Judah and the birthplace of Jesus (according to Mark and Luke) and David, as well as the place of death of Rachel.

BethpageEdit

Bethpage or Bethphage (Aramaic בית פגי "House of unripe figs") is a town where Jesus asked the disciples to find a donkey and colt for his Entry into Jerusalem.

CanaanEdit

Canaan (Phoenician: Kanaʻn; Hebrew: כְּנָעַן Kənáʻan) was a region conquered by the Israelites as the Promised Land.

CarmelEdit

Mount Carmel (Hebrew הַר הַכַּרְמֶל, Har HaKarmel, "God's vineyard") was a sacred mountain where Elijah defeated the prophets of a Ba'al in a contest. Carmel was a town in Judea mentioned as the residence of Nabal and Abigail.

CorinthEdit

Corinth (Greek: Κόρινθος, Kórinthos) was a city on the Isthmus of Corinth. Paul of Tarsus lived there for 18 months, and also wrote two epistles to the Corinthians.

DamascusEdit

Damascus is a Syrian city. The Conversion of Paul the Apostle took place on the road to Damascus.

EmmausEdit

Emmaus (Greek: Ἐμμαούς, Emmaous; Hebrew: חמת Hammat, "warm spring") was a town near Jerusalem. Jesus appeared to two of the Apostles on the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus.

EphesusEdit

Ephesus (Greek: Ἔφεσος Ephesos) was a Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia. Paul of Tarsus lived there for several years, and also wrote an Epistle to the Ephesians.

GoshenEdit

The Land of Goshen (Hebrew גֹּשֶׁן Gōšen) was a place settled by the sons of Jacob.

HebronEdit

Hebron (Hebrew חֶבְרוֹן Ḥeḇrôn, "friend") was a city in Canaan mentioned in several parts of the Old Testament.

HellEdit

Hell is mentioned 54 times in the King James Version of the bible,[13] representing a place of torment and punishment in the afterlife.

JerichoEdit

Jericho (Hebrew יְרִיחוֹ Yəriḥo, "fragrant" or "Moon") was a city conquered in the battle of Jericho by Joshua and the Children of Israel.

JerusalemEdit

Jerusalem (Hebrew יְרוּשָׁלַיִם Yerushaláyim, "Abode of Peace" or "Abode of Shalim") was the traditional capital city of the Israelites and site of the Temple.

JordanEdit

The Jordan River (Hebrew: נהר הירדן Nehar Hayarden) forms the eastern border of Palestine and was the site of the baptism of Jesus.

TownsEdit

RiversEdit

LebanonEdit

Lebanon (Semitic root L-B-N, "white") is a land to the north of the current state of Israel (Biblically; Canaan) and is mentioned 70 times in the Bible.

Mount HermonEdit

Mount Hermon (Hebrew הר חרמון Har Hermon) was the northern limit of the Promised Land and possible site of the Transfiguration.

MoabEdit

Moab (Hebrew: מוֹאָב Môʼāḇ, "seed of father") was a strip of land on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. It was founded by a son of Lot.

Mount OlivetEdit

The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet (Hebrew: הַר הַזֵּיתִים Har HaZeitim) is a mountain east of Jerusalem, most notable as the site of the Olivet discourse and the Ascension of Jesus.

NazarethEdit

Nazareth (Hebrew נָצְרַת Natzrat / Natzeret) was a village in Galilee which was the childhood home of Jesus.

NinevehEdit

Nineveh (Hebrew: נינוה Nīnewē) was an Assyrian city on the eastern bank of the Tigris. It is mentioned in several parts of the Bible.

OphirEdit

Ophir (Hebrew אוֹפִיר ʼÔp̄îr) is mentioned in the Bible as a source of King Solomon's wealth.

PalestineEdit

Palestine is the region between the Mediterranean Sea and River Jordan, where most of the events described in the Bible take place.

PatmosEdit

Patmos (Greek: Πάτμος) was the residence of John of Patmos, author of the Book of Revelation.

RehobothEdit

Rehoboth (Hebrew רְחוֹבוֹת Reḥovot, "broad place") is the name of three places in the Bible.

SalemEdit

Salem (sha'lem) [Cana'anite patron god; son of 'Ashtar] is a city mentioned in the biblical Old Testament. It was the royal city of Melchizedek and traditionally identified with Jerusalem.[16]

ShilohEdit

Shiloh (Hebrew שילו Šîlô / שלו Šīlô / שלה Šīlōh) was an assembly place for the people of Israel where there was a sanctuary containing the Ark of the Covenant.

TyreEdit

Tyre (Hebrew צור Ṣōr) is a city in the Lebanon mentioned many times in the Old Testament.

Mount ZionEdit

Mount Zion (Hebrew הר צִיּוֹן Har Tsion) is an elevation west of the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem and was used as a name for the Temple Mount or the City of David.

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