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(kee' duhr) Personal name meaning “mighty” or “swarthy” or “black.” The second son of Ishmael and a grandson of Abraham (Genesis 25:13 ; 1 Chronicles 1:29 ).

The name occurs later in the Bible presumably as a reference to a tribe that took its name from Kedar. Little concrete information is known about the group, however. Apparently the descendants of Kedar occupied the area south of Palestine and east of Egypt (Genesis 25:18 ). They may best be described as nomadic, living in tents (Psalm 120:5 ; Song of Song of Solomon 1:5 ) and raising sheep and goats (Isaiah 60:7 ; Jeremiah 49:28-29 ,Jeremiah 49:28-29,49:32 ), as well as camels, which they sold as far away as Tyre (Ezekiel 27:21 ).

The Kedarites were led by princes (Ezekiel 27:21 ) and were famous for their warriors, particularly their archers (Isaiah 21:17 ). They evidently were of some importance during the time of Isaiah (Isaiah 21:16 ). See Abraham ; Ishmael .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kedar'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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