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Kedesh-Naphtali

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KEDESH-NAPHTALI ( Judges 4:6; called also ‘ Kedesh Joshua 12:22; Joshua 19:37 , Judges 4:9-11 , 2 Kings 15:29; and ‘ Kedesh in Galilee ’ in Joshua 20:7; Joshua 21:32 , 1 Chronicles 6:76 ). Evidently, from the name meaning ‘holy,’ a sacred site from ancient times; a city of refuge ( Joshua 20:7 ) and a Levitical city ( Joshua 21:32 ). It was the home of Barak ( Judges 4:6 ). It was captured by Tiglath-pileser ( 2 Kings 15:29 ) in the reign of Pekah.

The site is the village of Kedes , one of the most picturesque spots in Galilee; to the E. of the village the ground is strewn with ancient remains. There are several fine sarcophagi and the ruins of a large building, possibly once a Roman temple.

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Kedesh-Naphtali'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/k/kedesh-naphtali.html. 1909.

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