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Seven Altars of Balak
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Balaam, Son of Beor
Balaam, Son of Beor (בִּלְעָם בֶּן־בְּע֗וֹר‎, bil'am ben-be'or). Son of Beor. A non-Israelite seer whom the Moabites hire to curse the Israelites as they travel from Egypt to the promised land.
Balaam, Son of Beor, Critical Issues
Balaam, Son of Beor, Critical Issues A discussion of the major topics dealt with in recent critical scholarship on the Balaam narratives.Critical scholarship has attempted to solve the paradox of Balaam as sinner and/or saint within the context of Num 22–24 (Coats, “Balaam: Sinner or Saint?”). Is this
Balak, Son of Zippor
Balak, Son of Zippor (בָּלָק‎, balaq). A Moabite king, son of Zippor, who hired the Mesopotamian diviner Balaam to curse the Israelites (Num 22–24). As the Israelites camped on the plains of Moab after defeating the Amorites, Balak tried to prevent the demise of Moab and Midian at Israel’s hands by hiring
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Balaam (Person)
BALAAM (PERSON) [Heb bilʿam (בִּלְעַם)]. A seer summoned by Balak, king of Moab, to curse Israel prior to its entrance into Canaan.A. Appearances in the OTB. Source Criticism, Numbers 22–24C. History of the Traditions1. The Priestly Account of Balaam2. The Second Grouping3. Oracles 3 and 4D. Literary
Balak (Person)
BALAK (PERSON) [Heb bālāq (בָּלָק)]. A king of Moab, the son of Zippor, whose encounter with Balaam is described in Numbers 22–24. After the Israelites had defeated the Amorites and were camped in the plains of Moab opposite Jericho, Balak and the elders of Moab and Midian decided to protect themselves
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Balaam
Balaam. Beor’s son, a prophet or soothsayer from northern Mesopotamia who was hired by a Moabite king, Balak, to curse the Israelites who had arrived at the Jordan Valley opposite Jericho after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Israel’s defeat of the Amorites (Nm 21:21–25) had instilled fear in
Balac
Balac. kjv form of Balak, king of Moab in Moses’ time, in Revelation 2:14.See Balak.
Balak
Balak. Zippor’s son, king of Moab. Balak became fearful after the Israelites defeated the Amorites, so he attempted to hire a soothsayer named Balaam to pronounce a curse against Israel (Nm 22:1–7). Balak escorted Balaam to three different mountains and offered three different sacrifices, only to have
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Balaam
Balaam bāʹləm [Heb. bil‘ām—etymology disputed, perhaps ‘devourer’; Gk. Balaam]. A man of Pethor, a city in Mesopotamia lying S of Carchemish; the son of Beor. The narrative describing this enigmatic individual is contained in Nu. 22:2–24:25. Subsequent allusions to him are found in Nu. 31:8, 16; Dt.
Balak
Balak bāʹlak [Heb. bālāq—‘devastator’; Gk. Balak (Rev. 2:14)]; AV NT BALAC. King of Moab, mentioned in connection with the story of Balaam (Nu. 22:24; cf. Josh. 24:9; Jgs. 11:25; Mic. 6:5; Rev. 2:14). He hired Balaam to pronounce a curse on the Israelites.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Balaam
BALAAM Beor’s son, a prophet or soothsayer from northern Mesopotamia who was hired by a Moabite king, Balak, to curse the Israelites who had arrived at the Jordan Valley opposite Jericho after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Israel’s defeat of the Amorites (Nm 21:21–25) had instilled fear in
Balac
BALAC* kjv form of Balak, king of Moab in Moses’ time, in Revelation 2:14. See Balak.
Balak
BALAK Zippor’s son, king of Moab. Balak became fearful after the Israelites defeated the Amorites, so he attempted to hire a soothsayer named Balaam to pronounce a curse against Israel (Nm 22:1–7). Balak escorted Balaam to three different mountains and offered three different sacrifices, only to have
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Balaam
Balaam (bay´luhm), a non-Israelite prophet known from both biblical and extrabiblical sources as a person from the region of Transjordan skilled in divination. The biblical material is found mainly in Num. 22–24, but archaeologists have also unearthed a plaster inscription from ca. 700 bce that refers
Balak
Balak (bay´lak), the son of Zippor and king of Moab who serves as the principal antagonist in the Balaam story (Num. 22–24). His pathetic plea for a curse against Israel casts him as a tragic figure, albeit in a comic light. He is also remembered as one who would try to seduce people into idolatry and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Balaam
BALAAM. A prophet whose sin and failure made him an example to warn later ages (Num 22–24). Having defeated the Amorite kings Sihon and Og, and thus acquiring all the land from the Arnon to Mount Hermon, the Israelites settled in the plains of Moab to prepare for the invasion of Canaan. Though they had
Balak
BALAK. A king of Moab who was frightened by Israel’s conquest of the kingdoms of Sihon and Og and in desperation hired Balaam (q.v.), from Pethor on the Euphrates, to curse Israel. The Lord would not permit Balaam to curse but rather bless. However, Balak succeeded in a roundabout way by following Balaam’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Balaam
BALAAM. The name Bilām occurs 50 times in Nu. 22–24; it is mentioned also in Nu. 31:8, 16; Dt. 23:4–5; Jos. 13:22; 24:9–10; Ne. 13:2; Mi. 6:5. In the Greek of the NT the name is written Balaam (2 Pet. 2:15; Jude 11; Rev. 2:14). Whereas Albright, in his attempt to date the oracles of Balaam in the 12th
Balak
BALAK. The king of Moab who employed *Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites (Nu. 22–24). He was remembered as an example of the folly of seeking to thwart God’s will (Jos. 24:9; Jdg. 11:25).N. Hillyer.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Balaam
Balaam (Heb. bilʿām)A prophet referred to in the OT and NT as well as in an 8th-century b.c.e. plaster inscription from Tell Deir ʿAllā in Jordan; the book of Numbers contains the most extensive material. Balaam is first introduced in the biblical material when the Israelites approach the land of
Balak
Balak (Heb. bālāq; Gk. Balák)The son of Zippor and king of Moab. He was overcome with fear after the Israelites defeated the Amorites and so summoned Balaam in order to curse them (Num. 22–24). His futile attempts to seduce the people into idolatry and immorality were legendary (Judg. 11:25; Mic.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Balaam
Balaam [bāˊləm] (Heb. bil˒ām perhaps “devourer”). The son of Beor and resident of Pethor on the Euphrates (possibly Pitru on the Sajur river, a tributary of the Euphrates).
Balak
Balak [bāˊlăk] (Heb. bālāq “destroyer”). The son of Zippor and king of Moab, who was overcome with fear after the people of Israel had defeated the Amorites and who summoned Balaam in order to curse them (Num. 22–24). After this attempt had failed, he followed Balaam’s advice and seduced the people
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Balaam
BALAAM A seer or prophet from Pethor in upper Mesopotamia, the son of Beor. Balaam was hired by Balak, king of Moab, to curse the Israelites while they were encamped upon the plain of Moab and preparing to enter Canaan (Num 22:5). At first, warned by God, Balaam refused to go, but after repeated pleas
Balak
BALAK The king of Moab and son of Zippor; he is best known for his attempt to persuade the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites (Num 22–24). When the Israelites were camped on the plain of Moab in anticipation of moving across Canaan, Balak and his chief advisors sought to defeat them by supernatural
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Balaam
Ba´laam (b.c. 1451), the son of Beor, a man endowed with the gift of prophecy. Num. 22:5. He is mentioned in conjunction with the five kings of Midian, apparently as a person of the same rank. Num. 31:8; cf. 31:16. He seems to have lived at Pethor, Deut. 23:4; Num. 22:5, on the river Euphrates, in Mesopotamia.
Balak
Ba´lak (spoiler), son of Zippor, king of the Moabites, who hired Balaam to curse the Israelites; but his designs were frustrated in the manner recorded in Num. 22:24. (b.c. 1451.)
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