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It has been proposed that the dividing of the earth in the days of Peleg was caused by the covering of land bridges at the end of the last ice age. The scientific data indicates that the temporary land bridges between continents were covered completely by 11,000 years ago.1 Peleg is derived from the Hebrew word palag, which means “divide” or “divided”. This word occurs 4 times in the Old Testament. Twice it refers to the Sons of Eber (Genesis 10:25 and 1 Chronicles 1:19).2 A third time, it refers to making a channel from a flood (Job 38:25)3 and the fourth time it refers to the confusion of the speech of the wicked (Psalm 55:9).4 The use of the word Peleg in reference to creating a channel from a flood suggests that God might have used the melting ice from the last glaciation to remove the land bridges to separate the major human populations.
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions:
palag (Strong's H6385)
Part of Speech: verb
Last Modified June 21, 2006