QUESTIONS  #14


How Was the Earth Divided in Peleg's Day?


Genesis 10:25 states, and I Chronicles 1:19 repeats, "And two sons were born to Eber; the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided" Peleg lived a few centuries after the flood. Little else is known about him.


In what way was the earth divided? 


Here are three possibilities. Bible commentators mention only the first two.


a. Languages suddenly multiplied at Babel and
produced divisions among the people of the world.
[See Genesis 11:1-9.]


b. The continents were divided by continental drift,
which began in Peleg's day.


c. Greatly lowered sea levels soon after the flood (as
explained by the hydroplate theory) connected all
continents.1 Sea level rose in Peleg's day, dividing the
earth by water.


THIS  LAST  ONE  IS  BROWN'S  THEORY  -  THE  LAND-MASSES,  AND  SEAS,  WERE  CREATED  AND  DIVIDED  TO  A  POINT,  IN  GENESIS  ONE.  "A"  AND  "B"  ABOVE  IS  MORE  LIKELY  AND  CORRECT  -  Keith Hunt


Languages Divided in Peleg's Day? Scripture says, "the earth was divided" The Hebrew word for earth, erets, can also be translated as "countries," "land," or "ground." In other words, the land was divided, not people or languages. Besides, Peleg probably lived two generations after languages were multiplied at Babel.2


IT  MAY  REFER  TO  THE  FACT  THAT  THE  DIVIDING  OF  THE  EARTH  AND  PEOPLES  ON  IT,  WAS  CONCLUDED  BY  THE  DAYS  OF  PELEG.  AS  THE  FLOOD  OF  NOAH'S  DAY  WAS  NOT  UNIVERSAL/GLOBAL  -  THE  BASIC  DIVIDING  WAS  PRETTY  WELL  COMPLETE  IN  PELEG'S  DAY, I.E.  THE  INDIANS  OF  NORTH  AMERICA  WERE  SETTLED  IN  NORTH  AMERICA;  THE  ABORIGINAL  PEOPLE  OF  AUSTRALIA  WERE  SETTLE  IN  THAT  COUNTRY  BY  PELEG'S  DAY.  THE  PEOPLES  OF  THE  EAST  WERE  IN  THE  EAST  BY  PELEG'S  DAY;  SOUTH  AMERICA  HAD  A  POPULATION  BY  PELEG'S  DAY,  AND  SO  FORTH.  IT'S  A  WAY  OF  TELLING  US  THAT  THE  BASIC  GEOGRAPHY  AND  POPULATIONS  OF  VARIOUS  PARTS  OF  THE  EARTH  HAD  BEEN  DONE  BY  THE  TIME  OF  PELEG  -  Keith Hunt


Continents Broke and Began Drifting in Peleg's Day? 


If this happened, what broke them apart? Worse yet, what moved them? It takes earthshaking forces to break and move continents. Those who accept the plate tectonic theory believe that continents have broken frequently— geologically speaking. To stretch and break a thick slab of rock requires, among other things,3 sliding it horizontally on its foundation against enormous frictional force. [See the Technical Note on page 423.] Simultaneously, an additional force must stretch the slab, like a rubber band, until it breaks. Plate tectonics can't provide either gigantic force. Therefore, you can safely offer to move a continent (provide one force) if someone will break a continent (provide both forces).


Those who claim that continents broke and moved have not fully considered the forces and energy required. To open up the entire Atlantic in a few thousand years by rock-on-rock sliding would produce indescribable global violence and volcanic activity that left no geological or historical record. (Among almost all cultures, ancient and modern, the only global catastrophe with a clear historical record is the flood.)


If the continents broke apart, they should fit together better than they do. (Figures 51-52 on page 115, show this.) The public has been misled for decades into believing that the continents fit against each other. Actually, four great map distortions were deliberately made, as Figure 50 explains. Continents bordering the Atlantic fit much better next to the base of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The hydroplate theory explains why.


THIS  THEORY  IS  INDEED  VERY  WEAK.  THERE  HAS  BEEN  SOME  MOVEMENTS  HERE  AND  THERE;  EARTHQUAKES  CHANGING  SOME  AREAS  HERE  AND  THERE  OVER  THOUSANDS  OF  YEARS;  BUT  THE  BASIC  LAND  AND  SEA  MASSES  WERE  MADE  AS  EXPLAINED  IN  GENESIS  ONE;  GOD  DIVIDED  THE  LANDS  FROM  THE  SEAS.  WITH  THE  LANGUAGES  CONFOUNDED  AT  BABEL,  AND  A  VERY  LARGE  PART  OF  THE  EARTH  COVERED  WITH  WATER  IN  NOAH'S  DAY,  BY  THE  TIME  OF  PELEG  THE  BASIC  DIVIDING  HAD  TAKEN  PLACE.  IT  WAS  ONLY  IN  WESTERN  AND  EASTERN  EUROPE  THAT  MOVEMENTS  OF  PEOPLES  CONTINUED  FOR  SOME  THOUSANDS  OF  YEARS,  UNTIL  THE  NATIONS  OF  EUROPE  SETTLED  THEMSELVES  IN  THE  LAST  TWO  THOUSAND  YEARS  -  Keith Hunt


Rising Water Divided Continents in Peleg's Day? 


The Bible uses the Hebrew word peleg as a verb three times. Two usages, mentioned above, are translated simply as divided (Genesis 10:25 and I Chronicles 1:19). The third use is a division by water (Job 38:25). In the ten instances where peleg is a common noun, it always involves water. The New American Standard Bible translates it eight times as "streams," once as "stream," and once as "channels." Therefore, peleg may imply a division by water.


SO  THINGS  WERE  BASICALLY  SETTLED  AFTER  NOAH'S  FLOOD  AND  IN  THE  DAYS  OF  PELEG  -  Keith Hunt


In English, we have the words archipelago (a sea having, or dividing, many islands) scad-pelagic (relating to or living in the sea). Pelagic sediments or deposits are sediments on the ocean floor. Pelagic frequently refers to life forms found in the sea. Bathypelagic means relating to or living in the deep sea. Also, the prefix pelag means sea.


Dr. Bernard Northrup, a Hebrew professor, has shown that peleg originally meant division by water.4 That meaning is embedded  in   all  three  language   families   of Noah's offspring. Consequently, its meaning probably preceded the multiplication of languages at Babel. 


YES,  AND  SO  IT  WAS,  AS  GIVEN  TO  US  IN  GENESIS  ONE  -  GOD  HAD  THE  BASIC  LAND  AND  SEA  MASSES  DIVIDED;  BUT  SOME  OTHER  CHANGES  HAPPENED  IN  THE  FLOOD  OF  NOAH'S  DAY,  AND  SO  AFTERWARDS  UNTIL  IN  PELEG'S  DAY  THINGS  WERE  BASICALLY  AS  THEY  ARE  TODAY  WITH  LAND  AND  SEA  MASSES,  AND  THE  MIGRATIONS  OF  PEOPLES  -  Keith Hunt


Northrup states: [Peleg, palag, or PLG] often contains within it a reference to water. It is used to refer to a stream of water in Hebrew, Coptic, Ethiopic and in Greek. The root is used to refer to irrigation canals which carried the water throughout the farming land of Mesopotamia.  However,   an  examination  of the Greek usage (of the family of Japeth [one of Noah's three sons] of the root letters PL and PLG clearly shows that in the majority of the instances this root was used of the ocean....It is used to mean: "to form a sea or lake," "of places that are flooded and under water," "of crossing the sea," of "the broad sea" itself, of "being out at sea," "on the open sea" It is used of seamen and ships. The noun with the result suffix is used of "an inundation" I continue: it is used of "a being at sea," of "a creature of or on the sea," of "one who walks on the sea," of "running or sailing on the open sea," of "a harbor that is formed in the open sea by means of sandbags," and in many ways of "the open sea itself of "going to, into or toward the sea," of "roving through the sea," of "being sea-nourished," of "turning something into the sea," or "of flooding" It is quite apparent that every Greek usage here involves the sea in some way.


Therefore, the earth was probably divided by water in Peleg's day.


NO,  IT  MEANS  THE  BASIC  LAND  MASSES  AND  SEAS  AND  RIVERS,  AND  HUGE  LAKES [THE  GREAT  LAKES  OF  CANADA  AND  THE  USA];  THE  "BLACK  SEA"  AND  THE  MIGRATION  OF  PEOPLES  OVER  THE  WATERS  TO  LANDS,  HAD  TAKEN  PLACE  BY  THE  TIME  OF  PELEG.  IT  HAD  BEEN  GOING  ON  BEFORE  NOAH'S  FLOOD  AND  BABEL,  BUT  THE  BASIC  THOUGHT  IS  ALL  WAS  SETTLED  FOR  LAND  AND  SEA  AND  POPULATIONS  BY  THE  TIME  OF  PELEG  -  Keith Hunt 


The hydroplate theory explains how and why. Soon after the flood, sea level was several miles lower than today,5 because the floor of the subterranean chambers was about 10 miles below the earth's surface. As the crushed, thickened, buckled, and sediment-laden continents sank into the mantle in the centuries after the flood, sea level had to rise in compensation. Eventually, sea level approached today's level. [See pages 105-141 for details and evidence.]


WRONG  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  NOAH'S  FLOOD,  AS  THAT  FLOOD  WAS  NOT  GLOBAL  BUT  REGIONAL  -  SEE  THE  STUDY  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  CALLED  "NOAH'S  FLOOD  WAS  NOT  UNIVERSAL."  Keith Hunt

 

With sea level much lower for a few centuries after the flood, imagine how many migration paths existed for animals and man to populate today's continents and islands.6 


IT  WAS  NOT  SO;  ONLY  THOSE  WHO  BELIEVE  NOAH'S  FLOOD  WAS  GLOBAL  COME  UP  WITH  SUCH  IDEAS;  THE  GLOBAL  FLOOD  WAS  GENESIS  1:2  -  Keith Hunt


God's commands (Genesis 9:1, 11:4-9) for humans and animals to populate the "whole earth" after the flood must have been doable. If, after the flood, sea level was where it is today repopulating the "whole earth" would have been difficult, if not impossible, for those first receiving God's command. The wisdom and urgenqy of God's command are apparent when we realize that sea level was steadily rising. The "window of opportunity" for global migration was disappearing in Peleg's day.


AGAIN  JUST  NOT  SO,  MADE  UP  IDEAS  BY  THE  WRONG  THEOLOGY  THAT  NOAH'S  FLOOD  WAS  GLOBAL  -  Keith Hunt


From the genealogies listed on page 380, we see that Peleg lived from 100 to 339 years after the flood, five generations after Noah. Therefore, Peleg, or those who named him, may have been world travelers or explorers who discovered that the earth was being divided by rising water. Certainly, Noah's early descendants knew how to construct ships, because Noah and his three sons built the Ark. They would have had an explorer's curiosity when they realized how drastically the flood had changed the earth. Their long life spans allowed them to pursue that curiosity and accumulate knowledge. This would help explain a remarkably accurate, authentic, and ancient map that shows islands now covered with water and the outlines of Antarctica— as it would look with no ice. [See Figure 179 on page 348.]


ONCE  MORE  THE  ANCIENTS  HAD  MIGRATED  FROM  THE  LAND  AREA  OF  NOAH;  THE  CENTRAL  LARGE  POPULATION  WAS  WHERE  NOAH  LIVED;  IT  HAD  INDEED  BECOME  WICKED  AND  EVIL;  IT  WAS  TO  BE  DESTROYED.  FOR  ALL  THE  DETAILS  OF  WHY  NOAH'S  FLOOD  WAS  NOT  GLOBAL,  SEE  THE  STUDY  I'VE  MENTIONED  MANY  TIMES;  WHEN  GETTING  TO  THE  NITTY-GRITTY  OF  NOAH'S  FLOOD,  THE  REASONS  WHY  IT  COULD  NOT  HAVE  BEEN  GLOBAL  BECOME  VERY  CLEAR  -  Keith Hunt


The Ice Age would have lowered sea level about 300 feet— almost enough to join all continents. But at the height of the Ice Age, Antarctica and all its coastlines would have been covered with ice. Therefore, the Ice Age cannot explain both the visible coastlines shown on the ancient map and interconnected continents. The flood accounts for both. (The hydroplate theory also shows why the flood produced the Ice Age.)


ALL  INCORRECT  AND  MADE  UP  IDEAS  TO  SUPPORT  THE  WRONG  THEOLOGY  OF  A  GLOBAL  NOAH'S  FLOOD  -  Keith Hunt


How Was the Earth Divided in Peleg's Day? 


Conclusion. Strong linguistic and scientific arguments oppose the two interpretations of Genesis 10:25 commonly taught: (1) a division of people by multiplication of languages, and (2) the beginning of continental drift.


THE  ABOVE  TWO  ARE  PARTLY  THE  ANSWER ,  BUT  CERTAINLY  NOT  ALL  THE  ANSWER.  LAND  MASSES  AND  THE  SEAS  HAD  BASICALLY  BEEN  FORMED  IN  GENESIS  ONE.  MIGRATIONS  OF  SOME  PEOPLES  HAD  ALREADY  TAKEN  PLACE  BEFORE  THE  DAYS  OF  NOAH.  THE  STUDIES  IN  THIS SECTION  DOWN  AT  THE  BOTTOM  ON  "LOST  RACES"  SHOWS  HOW  ADVANCED  THE  WORLD  HAD  BECOME  BY  THE  TIME  OF  THE  TOWER  OF  BABEL;  HENCE  GOD  HAD  TO  STEP  IN  TO  SLOW  THINGS  DOWN;  HIS  TIME  PLAN  FOR  HUMANS  ON  EARTH  NEEDED  A  LONGER  TIME  FRAME  ACCORDING  TO  HIS  WILL  -  Keith Hunt


Instead, these studies point to an earth being divided by rising water in the days of Peleg. They also paint a picture of our ancestors migrating and exploring soon after the flood.


MIGRATION  HAD  STARTED  BEFORE  NOAH,  AND  OF  COURSE  IT  CONTINUED  AFTER  NOAH.  ALL  KINDS  OF  FALSE  IDEAS  HAVE  BEEN  INVENTED  TO  UPHOLD  A  GLOBAL  FLOOD  IN  NOAH'S  DAY….IT  JUST  WAS  NOT  SO  -  Keith Hunt