The Days Of Peleg
By James Donahue
Peleg, a fifth generation
descendant of Noah, is briefly mentioned in the tenth chapter of the Book of Genesis:
“And unto Eber
were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.”
And therein we have a
mystery. There is no explanation of the dividing of the Earth, or why Peleg’s name should be uniquely associated with
it. If Peleg and Joktan were brothers, why wasn’t the Earth divided in their days?
This vexing little question
has rippled through my mind ever since I did an extensive study in Genesis some years ago. Obviously the same question has
crossed the minds of a few theologians and even an occasional geologist.
That is because there
is a theory, based mostly upon new and intricate maps of the ocean bottoms and shapes of land, that the continents have been
split apart, possibly more than once. For example, if you could push Europe and Africa flush against North and South America,
they would almost fit perfectly together.
Creationist Dr. John
Morris, however, dismisses a sudden splitting of continents as an explanation. He argues: “any scheme of rapid separation
would itself cause havoc on the earth. If the Atlantic Ocean opened up rapidly, the destructive tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes would
make life impossible on earth.”
We tend to agree with
Morris on this. Had such an event occurred so soon after the catastrophic events bringing Noah and his followers through time
to begin anew, we should have yet a second myth (memory) of escape similar to the flood story.
It also begs the question:
why would the Luciferians, who live outside of time and see events unfolding, plant the DNA of Noah and his people at a point
in time just preceding a second catastrophic event of that magnitude?
Yet the author of this
story within the Book of Genesis clearly chooses to separate Peleg from the rest of the names in the genealogy of the family
of Noah by saying that in his days was the earth divided.
The very name Peleg is
similar to the Hebrew word Palag, which means “divided.”
Clearly something significant
was going on in the known world during Peleg’s time. A careful study of Chapter 10 gives us an important clue. The genealogy
breaks down into families of the three sons of Noah. Each family moved off into various parts of the known world and established
small tribal kingdoms that later grew to be countries with apparent borders.
Even if they were not
yet able to make paper and publish maps of the territory, the people of that day may have been very capable of establishing
territorial jurisdictions. It seems to be human nature to do stuff like this and even go to war over border disputes.
After only five generations,
when Peleg lived, it seems that the human race forgot its genetic and family links and was already drawing lines in the sand,
marking territorial differences. The racial, religious and political bigotries were already being established.
Thus a conclusion by
Morris seems most plausible. He wrote:
interpretation relates Peleg’s day to the division of language/family groups at the Tower of Babel. Comparing the lineage of Shem,
which includes Peleg, to the lineage of Ham, which includes Nimrod, leader of the rebellion at Babel, we find it likely that Peleg was born soon after the dispersion (assuming the genealogies
“Thus it would
have been reasonable for his father Eber to name a son in commemoration of this miraculous event.”
Next we will take a close
look at this so-called “dispersion” at the Tower