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Kedar in Biblical Hebrew
Biblical male character
Has to do with darkness
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The name Kedar in the Bible

Kedar is one of the twelve sons of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13). Kedar is most notably mentioned by the bride of the Song of Solomon, where she compares her blackness to the tents of Kedar (1:5). Kedar also features prominently in the Abrahamic Standard Model of Elementary Particles.

Etymology of the name Kedar

The name Kedar comes from the verb קדר (qadar), meaning to be dark:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names suggests that Kedar and the Kedarians (who are referred to but not mentioned as such in the Bible) are Negroid. BDB Theological Dictionary offers that perhaps only their tents were black. Besides the bride of the Song, also David mentions the tents of Kedar as a figure of gloom (Psalm 120:5).

Kedar meaning

For a meaning of the name Kedar, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Dark. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Dark-Skinned Man.

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