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Kedesh. (kç'desh), sanctuary. 1. A town on the southern boundary of Judah, Joshua 15:23; perhaps identical with Kadesh or Kadesh-barnea. 2. A city of Issachar; assigned to the Gershonite Levites. 1 Chronicles 6:72. In the parallel list, Joshua 21:28, its name is Kishon. 3. A fortified city belonging to the tribe of Naphtali; allotted to the Gershonite Levites, Joshua 20:7; Joshua 21:32; 1 Chronicles 6:76, and made a city of refuge. It was the residence of Barak, Judges 4:6, and here Deborah assembled the tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali. Judges 4:11. It was taken by Tiglath-pileser in the reign of Pekah, 2 Kings 15:29, and here the battle took place between Jonathan Maccabæus and Demetrius. 1 Maccabees 11:63. Now it is a small village, Kades, ten miles north of Safed and four miles northwest of Merom, beautifully situated on a high ridge jutting out in the depressed basin through which the Jordan flows to the Sea of Merom. It is surrounded with ruins; numerous sarcophagi have been found here.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Kedesh'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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