the fortress; a fortified place, a town in the plain (shephelah) of Judah ( Joshua 15:36 ). This is a very common Canaanite and Phoenician name. It is the feminine form of Geder ( 12:13 ); the plural form is Gederoth ( 15:41 ). This place has by some been identified with Jedireh, a ruin 9 miles from Lydda, toward Eleutheropolis, and 4 miles north of Sur'ah (Zorah), in the valley of Elah.
(a sheepfold ), a town of Judah in the lowland country, ( Joshua 15:36 ) apparently in its eastern part. No town bearing this name has, however, been yet discovered in this hitherto little-explored district.