What is Kedesh?
(sanctuary). 1. A town on the southern boundary of Judah, Josh 15:23; perhaps identical with Kadesh or Kadesh-barnea. 2. A city of Issachar; assigned to the Gershonite Levites. 1 Chr 6:72. In the parallel list, Josh 21:28, its name is Kishon. 3. A fortified city belonging to the tribe of Naphtali; allotted to the Gershonite Levites, Josh 20:7; Josh 21:32; 1 Chr 6:76, and made a city of refuge. It was the residence of Barak, Jud 4:6, and here Deborah assembled the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali. Jud 4:11. It was taken by Tiglath-pileser in the reign of Pekah, 2 Kgs 15:29, and here the battle took place between Jonathan Maccabaeus and Demetrius. 1 Mace. 11:63. Now it is a small village, Kades, 10 miles north of Safed and 4 miles north-west 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.