Kedar: The “Dark Skinned” Grandson of Abraham

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Kedar was Abraham’s grandson, and the second son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13). He also founded a city that is mentioned quite a few times in scripture. Twelve times to be exact. It is not a major focal point of the Bible, but we do learn some pretty interesting things about the city.

  • They lived in black tents (Psalms 120:5 and Song of Solomon 1:5).
  • The were archers like Ishmael (Isaiah 21:17).
  • They were ruled by princes (Ezekiel 27:21).

Its alluded to above, but I feel like it’s important to point out that the descendants of Kedar are one of the many nations that can trace their lineage back to Abraham.

Where Was Kedar Located?

The Meaning of Kedar

Kedar (Qedar) comes from a Hebrew word that means “swarthy”. While many people claim that the Bible makes no reference to race, this is one of the few instances that proves them wrong.

While it is not a common practice in modern society, ancient Hebrews use to name their children based on descriptions of appearance, personality, and sometimes future prophecies.


The Dark Skinned Grandson of Abraham

This little known fact brings us to several interesting conclusions that may be a bit controversial

  1. If Ishmael’s son was dark skinned, then it is likely that either Ishmael, his Egyptian wife (Genesis 21:21), or both of them were dark skinned as well.
  2. If Ishmael was dark, that means that either Abraham, Hagar, or both of them were dark skinned as well.
  3. If Ishmael’s wife was dark, that would mean that the Egyptians were dark skinned, which puts a nail in the coffin of the myth that early Egyptians were white or light skinned.

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The First Arabs Had Dark Skin

If we read most sources pertaining to the Qedarites, they are referred to as Arab. Most Arabs trace their lineage back through Ishmael, and ultimately to Abraham.

The term “Arab” refers to the geographic location known as The Arabian Peninsula, and not necessarily to skin color. As we learned, Kedar was “dark skinned”, and lived on The Arabian Peninsula, thus making him a dark skinned Arab. The following picture also shows dark skinned Arabs that live on The Arabian Peninsula in modern times. Click the picture to see more.

Black Arabs


Unfortunately, the media tends to portray all Arabs as if they are all light complected, but that is simply not the truth. My personal theory is that the media does this in order to hide Africa’s true relation and influence on the Middle East.


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By Black History In The Bible

"And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." - John 8:45-47


  • Hi. You guys said Kedar is mentioned 12x in the Bible, but the Blue Letter Bible website says that it’s mentioned 11, who’s right?

  • Glad to see this site and read the information. This is what is missing in the discussions on biblical history. Other christian sites delve into biblical history but from a western and in my opinion white supremacist view. You never see or read about who the figures we’ve read about in the bible were culturally, and they are always depicted as “white.” I often have a hard time reaching unbelieving young black people because they point out the racism within the church or view Christianity as a “white man’s religion” and “tool” of oppression. However, if they had this information or actually read the bible they’d see that it is anything but a “white man’s religion.” Most of the biblical figures, including Christ would not be classified as “white” if we could see how they looked or understood their geographic/cultural origin.

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      Very true. That is part of the reason that I started this site. Too many people have no clue what the truth is and why it was covered up. If some white people found out they were worshiping a black man, they’d lose their minds.

      • I am Caucasian/white Christian. I have always THOUGHT that Jesus was dark skinned mainly because of the part of the world he lived in and from reading the bible wherein it references “black/dark skinned” people repeatedly As I started delving into much deeper and exhaustive research in the bible it’s self and numerous other sources of investigative related sources, I honestly and truly have no doubt in my mind and completely/100% believe that our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ was black. Once people actually and truly STUDY the bible, It becomes extremely evident and undeniable that our Christ was “dark-skinned/black”. I do NOT worship the color of his skin…I worship and serve the one and only true GOD of Heaven and Earth.

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          That’s a great thing. You probably arrived at your conclusion long before more me. Like you, it’s not about color for me, but about truth. I was just as much a believer when I thought he was white, as I am now that I know he was not. Keep spreading the word and the truth. Thanks for the reply.

    • What do you mean by “real jew”?
      Is it about your practice or race or something else?
      (Btw I’m not a jew but this word makes me so curious.)

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