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