And Arphaxad begat Salah
Or Shelach which signifies "a sending forth"; that is, of waters: it is part of the name of Methuselah, given him by his father, as prophetic of the flood, see ( Genesis 5:21 ) and Arphaxad, who was born two years after the flood, gives this name to his first born, as commemorative of it: according to some, from him are the Susians F7; and in Susiana is found a city called Sele, by Ptolemy F8; but this seems not to be a sufficient proof:
and Salah begat Eber;
from whom, Josephus F9 says, the Jews were called Hebrews from the beginning; and which, perhaps, is as good a derivation of their name as can be given, and seems to be confirmed by ( Numbers 24:24 ) though some derive it from Abraham's passing over the rivers in his way from Chaldea into Syria; but be it so, why might not this name be given to Eber, as prophetic of that passage, or of the passage of his posterity over the Euphrates into Canaan, as well as Eber gave to his son Peleg his name, as a prediction of the division of the earth in his time? the Septuagint version of this text inserts a Cainan between Arphaxad and Salah, but is not to be found in any Hebrew copy, nor in the Samaritan, Syriac, and Arabic versions, nor in Josephus, see ( Luke 3:36 ) .
F7 Vid. Bochart. Phaleg. l. 2. c. 13. col. 92.
F8 Geograph. l. 6. c. 3.
F9 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 4.)