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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Peleg

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pē´leg ( פּלג , pelegh , "watercourse," "division"): A son of Eber, and brother of Joktan. The derivation of the name is given: "for in his days was the earth divided" ( niphleghāh ) ( Genesis 10:25 ; compare Luke 3:35 , the King James Version "Phalec"). This probably refers to the scattering of the world's population and the confounding of its language recorded in Genesis 11:1-9 . In Aramaic pelagh and Arabic phalaj mean "division"; in Hebrew pelegh means "watercourse." The name may really be due to the occupation by this people of some well-watered (furrowed), district (e.g. in Babylonia), for these patronymics represent races, and the derivation in Genesis 10:25 is a later editor's remark.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Peleg'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/p/peleg.html. 1915.

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