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Makke'dah. (place of shepherds). A place memorable in the annals of the conquest of Canaan as the scene of the execution, by Joshua, of the five confederate kings, Joshua 10:10-50, who had hidden themselves in a cave at this place.

(It was a royal city of the Canaanites, in the plains of Judah. Conder identifies it with the modern el-Moghar, 25 miles northwest of Jerusalem, where are two caves large enough to contain five men each. Schaff says that "one cave has, curiously enough, five loculi rudely scooped in its side, and an enthusiast might contend that this was the very place of sepulchre of the five kings." - Editor).

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Makkedah'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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