The World of Peleg
Popular culture would call the story ingredients available to us, which are found in the time of Peleg, fantasy … but God’s Word tell us they are real. Why not give them to our children in such a way that God gets the glory and children get excited about our incredible Creator?Matthew Christian Harding
About 4000 years ago there existed a “fantasy” world so much richer in excitement and wonder than any fantasy novel or movie, richer and more exciting for its reality and truth of its existence. Granted there is much we can not know, being so far removed by time and decay. But there is much more to be gleaned from the pages of History than one might expect.
It is the world of Peleg.
His lifetime of 239 years began approximately one century after the flood, and ended 48 years before the birth of Abraham. It was in the days of Peleg when the earth was divided, most likely referring to the Tower of Babel dispersion.
Noah and his sons yet lived … a window to the world that was before. Dragons and great beasts roamed the earth. The Age of Ice was receding from the North, and the seas rose with the melting waters. The years of a man’s life began to lessen. And there were Giants in those days.
Peleg was born about 100 years after the flood …
He lived for 239 years, from 2249 to 2010 B.C. ….
Noah was alive throughout the days of Peleg …
Abraham’s Father was alive during the days of Peleg.factoids
Genesis 10:1,21,25 (KJV) Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.  Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.  And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided …
Dragons“… written evidence that has survived from the records of various ancient peoples that describe, sometimes in the most graphic detail, human encounters with living giant reptiles that we would call dinosaurs. And as we shall see, some of those records are not so ancient.” – After the Flood, by Bill Cooper, pg. 131 Dragons and men coexisted. Just think how dangerous and exciting that would be!
Giantism of animals
Giant size animals are exciting to children as well as adults and it’s fun to imagine how they might have behaved differently when compared to their smaller counterparts which we can still observe today. Man enjoys hunting large game, which could partly account for many of the bigger animals going extinct.
1) Scripture, at times, describes giants as men. 2) Giants have children. 3) There were whole nations of giants. 4) Giants were around at least from the time before the flood to the time of David. 5) There was great wickedness among at least some of these nations and therefore God allowed them to be destroyed.
There are some great books, from a Biblical perspective, on Out of Place Artifacts. They explain why we see evidences of advanced technologies during ancient times. After the families of Babel were dispersed they would have had knowledge of great technologies, but starting all over would have been difficult. Imagine the obstacles keeping a culture from regaining and retaining them.
Babel DispersionThe people of the earth were dispersed, losing technology, culture and the ability to all speak the same language. There would also be the question of where is everyone else? What are they doing? How powerful are they getting? Are they a threat? It’s exciting to think about how many cultures have come and gone around the world. This gives us great flexibility in writing about this time period. I’m often amazed at the fantastical cultural oddities I discover from known history, just think what else there was out there that we know nothing of.
TopographyThe known world would have been very different during the days of Peleg. Because of the ‘ice age’, water levels would have been 300′ to 400′ lower than they are now. Think Atlantis! Think whole cities and realms near the oceans which would now be underwater. Do you start to see the wonder of it all!
Danger in the Air
There was something about the atmosphere prior to the flood and perhaps shortly after which allowed huge dragons (dinosaurs) to breathe; which they could not do in our current atmosphere. The same holds true for flight! Scientists can’t figure out how some of the giant winged creatures could have kept themselves in the air. Something was different! How would you like to be concerned for your safety from a creature that might come at you from the air? Even large birds would be a threat.
Ice AgeAnswers in Genesis and other creation ministries have some great resources about the ice age and what it was probably like. Stories based upon or affected by this fantastical aspect of history could really excite the imaginations of our children for God’s glory. Think warmer oceans, giant animals, sea levels 300′ lower etc.
God has made some incredible creatures and some unusual ones. They are still being discovered today, both living, frozen, and fossilized remains. This gives us some freedom when writing about animals in the days of Peleg; keeping within a real time period of history but getting creative without having to enter into a fantasy world. There are all sorts of strange looking creatures that we have only the bones for … in other words, we don’t know what they really looked like or how they acted. Designing possible creatures for fictional tales set in the days of Peleg could be a lot of fun, whether they are based on fossils, existing animals, or a combination … cool stuff!