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.
(5) The last two letters of this name are an abbreviation of Shaddai ("the Almighty"), so that it comes to mean "the Lord heals." 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.
Indeed, Shem lived 600 years and Arpachshad
lived 438 (6 x 73) years.
Shem was 100 years old when he begot Arpachshad
, two years after the Flood.
The "Land of Canaan" was, in fact, allotted to Arpachshad
, the ancestor of Abraham.
We are further told that Shem was 100 years old when he begot Arpachshad
, two years after the Flood (Gen.