bear-keeper, the name given by the ancients to the brightest star in the constellation Bootes. In the Authorized Version ( Job 9:9 ; 38:32 ) it is the rendering of the Hebrew word 'ash , which probably designates the constellation the Great Bear. This word ('ash) is supposed to be derived from an Arabic word meaning night-watcher, because the Great Bear always revolves about the pole, and to our nothern hemisphere never sets.
a gathering together
A bright star.
[God] which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh ARCTURUS, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. ( Job 9:8-9 )
(bear-keeper ). The Hebrew words Ash and Aish , rendered "Arcturus" in the Authorized Version of ( Job 9:9 ; 38:32 ) in conformity with the Vulgate of the former passages are now generally believed to be identical, and to represent the constellation Ursa Major, known commonly as the Great Bear or Charles Wain.