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Balaam

Balaam (Hebrew: בִּלְעָם, Bilʻam Bilʻām, English pronunciation /ˈbeɪlæm/ ) is a diviner in the Torah, his story occurring towards the end of the Book of Numbers (Hebrew: במדבר). The etymology of his name is uncertain, and discussed below. Every ancient reference to Balaam considers him a non-Israelite, a prophet, and the son of Beor, though Beor is not so clearly identified. Though other sources describe the apparently positive blessings he delivers upon the Israelites, he is reviled as a "wicked man" in the major story concerning him. Balaam refused to speak what God didn't speak and would not curse the Israelites, even though King Balak of Moab offered him money to do so. (Numbers 22-24). But Balaam's error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. According to Numbers 31:16 and St. John (Revelation 2:14), Balaam returned to King Balak and informed the king on how to get the Israelites to curse themselves by enticing them with prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and YHWH sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).

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Balak (parsha) - Further Reading - Biblical
... Numbers 316–18 (Balaam Phinehas, war with Midian) ... Deuteronomy 43 (Baal Peor) 234–7 (Balaam) ... Joshua 1322 (Balaam the son of Beor the sorcerer) 2216–18 (Baal Peor) 249–10 ...
Balak (parsha) - Further Reading - Early Nonrabbinic
... Brown, “The Balaam Narrative,” The Birth of the Messiah, 190–96. 1977.) 2 Peter 215 (Balaam) ... Jude 111 (Balaam) ...
Balaam and The Deir Alla Inscription
... inscription apparently containing a previously unknown prophecy by Balaam written in a previously unattested dialect with Aramaic and South Canaanite characteristics and employing an ... According to the story in the inscription, Balaam wakes up weeping and tells his people that the gods appeared to him in the night telling him about a goddess threatening to destroy the land ...
Balaam And The Angel
... Balaam and the Angel is a rock band formed in Cannock, England, during 1984 ... They moved south to England to Cannock, Staffordshire, where they formed Balaam and the Angel ... This saw Balaam and the Angel catch the attention of Virgin Records, who signed them and released their debut album, The Greatest Story Ever Told ...
Balak (parsha) - Haftarah
... now what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him.” The verb that the haftarah uses for “answer” (‘anah) in Micah 65 is a variation of the same verb ... And the first words of Balaam’s blessing of Israel in Numbers 245, “how goodly” (ma tovu), are echoed in the haftarah’s admonition in Micah 68 of “what is good” (ma tov) in God’s sight ...