Peleg: The Earth Was Divided

Bible Reading: Genesis 10

Marked: Genesis 10:25 "To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided..."

In just 7 generations we read that the earth was divided and a son was called Peleg as namesake of that event. Tracing the roots of Peleg, we see this line: Noah-Shem-Eber-Arpachshad-Shelah-Eber-Peleg.

Does this division talk about geographic separation because of the waters? Does this talk about separation of Noah's descendants into less larger families? Does this talk about a simple division resulting from differences in thinking and in way of life? Does his birth come close to the event at the Tower of Babel, when people lost their one, identical language? Commentaries can't say for sure but these are presented as possibilities.

What we can say for sure is that Peleg's children saw a segregated earth. They grew up in a world where not every place is accessible. Their minds were awakened to different cultures, where there were other people who were different from them. From Peleg's time, man became truly divided. After the fall, man and nature experienced disunity and separation. But in Peleg's time, disunity and separation was man to man.


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