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Kedesh meaning

קדש
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🔼The name Kedesh in the Bible

There are three towns named Kedesh in the Bible:

  • The first one is a Canaanite town conquered by Joshua (Joshua 12:22), which eventually became situated in the territory assigned to the tribe of Naphtali (Joshua 19:37), and hence also known as Kedesh-naphtali. Its modest claim to fame is that it would be the home town of general Barak (Judges 4:6). The people of Kedesh-naphtali were among the first ones to be deported at the start of the era of exiles (2 Kings 16:29).
  • Another Kedesh is a town in south Judah (Joshua 15:23).
  • A third one is a town in Issachar, which was assigned to the Gershomite Levites (1 Chronicles 6:72). In Joshua 19:20 and 21:28 this town is called Kishion.

🔼Etymology of the name Kedesh

The name Kedesh comes from the verb קדש (qadash) to be consecrated or sanctified:

🔼Kedesh meaning

For a meaning of the name Kedesh, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Sacred Place. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Sanctuary.

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