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This name signifies black in the original; and hence Bochart concludes that it refers to a people or tribe of Arabs who were more than others burned by the sun; but none of the Arabs are black. The name is also supposed to refer to the black tents made of felt, which are still in use; and Song of Solomon 1:5 , is quoted in support of this usage of the word: "I

am black, but comely as the tents of Kedar." But the Arabic root is by some said to signify power and dignity. Kedar was the second son of Ishmael, whose family probably became more numerous, or more warlike, than those of his brethren, and so took precedence of name. This latter supposition appears probable from the manner in which they are mentioned by Isaiah, Isaiah 21:16-17 , who speaks of "the glory of Kedar," and "the archers and mighty men of Kedar." Their flocks are also spoken of by the same Prophet, Isaiah 60:7 , together with those of Nebaioth, whose tribe or family both shared and outlived the glory of Kedar.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Kedar'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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