Kedesh [N] [E]

(a sanctuary ).

  1. In the extreme south of Judah, ( Joshua 15:23 ) same as Kadesh and Kadesh-barnea.
  2. A city of Issachar, allotted to the Gershonite Levites. ( 1 Chronicles 6:72 ) The Kadesh mentioned among the cities whose kings were slain by Joshua, ( Joshua 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, ( Joshua 19:37 ) appointed as a city of refuge, and allotted with its "suburbs" to the Gershonite Levites. ( Joshua 20:7 ; 21:32 ; 1 Chronicles 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.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

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