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(ärfăk`săd), in the Bible. 1 Median king at Ecbatana, defeated by Nebuchadnezzar. He has not been definitely identified with anyone in other records. 2 Son of Shem. It has been supposed that he was the eponym of the Chaldaeans.
Since Arpachshad was the first in the Noah-Abraham genealogy born after the Flood, his name may refer to the emotional pain that the catastrophic event must have caused, while healing this pain was uppermost in the mind of his parents.
Compare this list with that of the postdiluvian generations in Genesis chapter 11:10ff, where the age at which each of Shem's offspring first had a child is provided: Shem at 100 years; Arpachshad at 35; Shelah at 30; Eber at 34; Peleg at 30; Reu at 32; Serug at 30; Nahor at 29; and Terah at 70.