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In song of solomon 1:5,6 the Shulamite's skin color is described. Depending on the translation, a different tone is suggested, ranging from swarthy, to dark, to straight up black.

The reference to the Tents of Kedar might also suggest two different tones
>Like the people of Kedar, descendants of Ishmael, meaning a color similar to arabs
>Literally like the Tents of the people of Kedar, usually made out of skinned black goats

If it is supposed to describe a negress, then how is she an Israelite? Weren't Israelites relatively white-skinned, like modern Syrians? Then how could she be an Israelite if it isn't out of converts?

In short, was the Shulamite a negress, an arab, or just tanned?

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