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]

North America List[edit]

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

United States extended list[edit]

Antioch[edit]

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.

Bethabara[edit]

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

Bethany[edit]

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.

Bethel[edit]

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

Bethesda[edit]

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

Bethlehem[edit]

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.

Bethpage[edit]

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.

Canaan[edit]

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

Carmel[edit]

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.

Corinth[edit]

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.

Damascus[edit]

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

Eden[edit]

The Garden of Eden is where people first appear in the Bible.

Emmaus[edit]

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.

Ephesus[edit]

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.

Galatia[edit]

Galatia (Greek Γαλατία) was an area in the highlands of Anatolia. It was visited by Paul of Tarsus, Silas and Timothy, and Paul later wrote an Epistle to the Galatians.

Goshen[edit]

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

Hebron[edit]

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

Israel[edit]

Jacob was named Israel (Hebrew יִשְׂרָאֵל Yisraʾel "persevere with God") by God.

Jericho[edit]

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

Jerusalem[edit]

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

Jordan[edit]

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

Towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Rivers[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

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 Hermon[edit]

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

Moab[edit]

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 Olivet[edit]

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.

Nazareth[edit]

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

Nineveh[edit]

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

Ophir[edit]

Ophir is mentioned in the Bible as a source of King Solomon's wealth.

Palestine[edit]

Palestine (Hebrew ארץ־ישראל Eretẓ Yisra'el, "land of Israel"; from ancient root P-R-S-T) is the region between the Mediterranean Sea and River Jordan, where most of the events described in the Bible take place.

Patmos[edit]

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

Rehoboth[edit]

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

Salem[edit]

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.[13]

Shiloh[edit]

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.

Tyre[edit]

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

Mount Zion[edit]

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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