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Kedesh


Ke’desh (a sanctuary).

1. In the extreme south of Judah, Josh. 15:23; same as Kadesh and Kadesh-barnea.

2. A city of Issachar, allotted to the Gershonite Levites. 1 Chron. 6:72. The Kedesh mentioned among the cities whose kings were slain by Joshua, Josh. 12:22, in company with Megiddo and Jokneam of Carmel, would seem to have been this city of Issachar.

3. Kedesh; also Kedesh in Galilee; and once, Judges 4:6, Kedesh-naphtali, one of the fortified cities of the tribe of Naphtali, named between Hazor and Edrei, Josh. 19:37; appointed as a city of refuge, and allotted with its “suburbs” to the Gershonite Levites. Josh. 20:7; 21:32; 1 Chron. 6:76. It was the residence of Barak, Judges 4:6, and there he and Deborah assembled the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali before the conflict, being probably, as its name implies, a “holy place” of great antiquity. It was taken by Tiglath-pileser in the reign of Pekah. 2 Kings 15:29. It is identified with the village Kades, which lies four miles to the northwest of the upper part of the Sea of Merom.