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GEDERAH

GEDERAH, GEDEROTH (Γάδηρα, Γαδηρώθ: Eth. Γαδαραθίιμ). There can be no doubt that the same place is intended under these various forms, probably identical also with Gedor, Γεδώρ (Josh. 15.58, there reckoned to the tribe of Judah). Geden is reckoned as one of the cities presided over by a king or sheikh of the Canaanitish tribes (Josh. 12.13) reduced by Joshua. Gederah or Gederothaim is reckoned to that part of the tribe of Judah situated in the valley or plain (15.36); in conformity with which notice it is said in 2 Chron. 28.18: “The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof,” &c.

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