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The Deir ʿAlla Plaster Inscriptions (2.27)
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Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Building and Dedicatory Inscriptions; Deir ʿAlla


The Deir ʿAlla plaster inscriptions were discovered by H. Franken in 1967, and later published by J. Hoftijzer and G. van der Kooij 1976. They immediately awakened scholarly attention because the name of Balaam, son of Beor, the non-Israelite seer and diviner whose exploits and poetic orations are preserved in Numbers, c…

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Levine, Baruch A., “The Deir ʿAlla Plaster Inscriptions (2.27)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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