(ahr pach' sshad) or ARPHAXAD (New Tesstuhment sspelling) Third son of Shem, son of Noah, and ancestor of the Hebrew people (Genesis 10:22). He was born two years after the flood and was the grandfather of Eber. In the New Testament the name Arphaxad appears in Luke's genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3:36). Luke seems to identify Arphaxad as the great-grandfather, rather than the grandfather, of Eber. This suggests the possibility that the genealogy in
Genesis 10:1 was not intended to be exhaustively complete.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ARPACHSHAD'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".