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Selah (Hebrew: שֶׁלַח, romanized: Šélaḥ), Salah or Sala (Greek: Σαλά – Salá) or Shelah was the son of Arphaxad and an ancestor of the Israelites and Ishmaelites according to the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. He is thus one of the table's "seventy names". He is also mentioned in Genesis 11:12–15, 1 Chronicles 1:18–24, and Luke 3:35–36.


Early Life and the Latter[]

The flood was vividly recognised by the people in those days of Salah's birth who was born to Arphaxad[1] somewhere in Ur. When his father was 35 years he fathered Selah[2].

Life was not easy, though, and everyone came of age learning how to plant and harvest the major crops that they needed to survive. Salah would have been weaned, even if much later (see above) in time to help his cousins and siblings in the fields. By the time that Noah planted the vineyard, the postdiluvian population may have reached triple that of the first generation. With twenty-five or so mouths to feed, herds and flocks would have been necessary for clothing, food, and even utility (water jugs and needles, for instance). Two or three generations after the flood, when he had reached the age of 30, and fathered Eber and lived 403 years[3] likewise as his father, likely because of the heredity from his ancestors which was shortened of life overtime.


While his cousin Nimrod and the fellow people built Babylon, the Semites population grew throughout the years. The Assyrians would last longer, but the city-state at Ur would produce the earliest known civilization. Out from that city would come Terah and his sons Nahor and Abram, along with their wives and families. They would quite literally come out from "Ur of the Kesedim". By this time, though Noah and his sons were probably still alive, the grandchildren from that generation had died out by the time of the exodus from Ur. He would also be reckoned as a ancestor of Jesus[4] though acredited as the son of Cainan, which is supported by the Samaritans[5].


  1. Gen. 10:24 (Link)
  2. Gen. 11:12 (Link)
  3. Gen. 11:14-15 (Link)
  4. Luke 3 (Link)
  5. Luke 3:36 (Link)