"Division", "Part." Son of Eber and brother of Joktan.1 The only incident connected with his history is the statement that "in his days was the earth divided," an event embodied in the meaning of his name — "division." The reference is to a division of the family of Eber himself, the younger branch of which (the Joktanids) migrated into southern Arabia, while the elder remained in Mesopotamia.



  1. Gen. 10:24; 11:16.


  • Smith, William. (2004). Smith's Bible Dictionary. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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