Metaphysical meaning of Peleg (mbd)
Peleg, pe'-leg (Heb.)--moral distinction; separation through grace; distinction of principle; cleaving; cutting in two; dividing; separating; a watercourse; a channel; a canal.
Meta. Eber, father of Peleg, and meaning a shoot, signifies the germination of the spiritual in man's consciousness. (Shem, from whom Eber was descended, was the son of Noah who represents the spiritual in man. From Eber, through Peleg, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Hebrew race later came into existence.)
Peleg, son of Eber, and meaning dividing ("in his days was the earth divided"), signifies man's first realization of the difference and seeming separation between his apparently material organism and his inner spiritual ideals. Before this he knew only the physical, the material, but here he began to distinguish between the earthly in his consciousness and make-up, and his higher ideals--the spiritual; thus "was the earth divided," and the individual began to recognize his higher nature.