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Balaam (Heb. בלעם, LXX Βαλααμ, var. Βαλαμ, son of Beor; on the name forms see HALAT). The name Balaam is associated with the following questions: 1. how do we explain the difference between the depiction of Balaam in Num 22–24 (incorruptible man of God's word) and Num 31 (a seducer of the people)? 2. Why does the non-Israelite Balaam speak in the name of YHWH, with no mention of foreign gods? 3. What do the Tell Deir ʿAlla, inscriptions contribute? 4. How old are the oldest Old Testament acc…

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Seebass, Horst, “Balaam”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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