Places in the Bible Today:

Kedesh 1

Data

Translated NameKedesh
Typesettlement
Notesin Galilee
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

4 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Kedesh (modern): 60% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel KedeshTel Kedesh

  2. another name for Kedesh-naphtali (ancient): 20% confidence. It may be:
    1. panorama of Khirbet QedishKhirbet Qedish

    2. ruins at Tel KedeshTel Kedesh

    3. satellite view of the region around Tell Abu QedeisTell Abu Qedeis

    4. satellite view of the region around Tell el AjjulTell el Ajjul

    5. panorama of Tell RekheshTell Rekhesh

    6. satellite view of the region around Tell QisyonTell Qisyon

  3. Tell Abu Qedeis (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell Abu QedeisTell Abu Qedeis

  4. another name for Kedesh 3 (ancient): less than 10% confidence. It may be:
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell Abu QedeisTell Abu Qedeis

    2. satellite view of the region around Tell QisyonTell Qisyon

    3. panorama of Tell RekheshTell Rekhesh

    4. satellite view of the region around Tell el AjjulTell el Ajjul

Verses (4)

Josh-Ruth (2)
Josh 12:22, 21:32
1Sam-Esth (2)
2Kgs 15:29
1Chr 6:76

Linked Data Identifiers

SourceIdentifier
Biblemapper.com576
Logos FactbookKedesh
OpenBible.info (2007)Kedesh 1
OpenBible.infoa321cb8 (Kedesh 1)
TIPNRKedesh@Jos.12.22
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2579
WikidataQ2585161

Sources

  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 438
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Kedesh (place)
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Kedesh
  4. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Kedesh
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  7. Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984): Josh 12:22
  8. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Kedesh
  9. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Kedesh
  10. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Kedesh
  11. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  12. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  13. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 216
  14. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Kedesh
  15. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Kedesh
  16. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Josh 21:3-40
  17. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Kedesh in Naphtali
  18. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Kedesh, Kedesh In Naphtali
  19. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  20. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  21. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  22. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Kedesh
  23. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Kedesh
  24. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Kedesh
  25. Woudstra, Joshua (1981): 12:9-24
  26. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Kedesh
  27. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Kedesh (Upper Galilee)
  28. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  29. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Josh 12:22

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (conneceted by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others (in this case, Tel Kedesh), then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

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Thumbnail Image Credits

Natalinasser, Aner Ottolenghi, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Aaadir

About

This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain. It's best to think about the confidences in relative rather than absolute terms. Often they reflect different schools of thought, each confident in their identifications.