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Author Themes in Biblical Narrative Conference (2005 : University of Groningen)

Title The prestige of the pagan prophet Balaam in Judaism, early Christianity and Islam / edited by George H. van Kooten and Jacques van Ruiten
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 328 pages) : illustrations
Series Themes in biblical narrative, 1388-3909 ; v. 11
Themes in biblical narrative ; v. 11. 1388-3909
Contents Balaam the villain : the history of reception of the Balaam narrative in the Pentateuch and the former prophets / Ed Noort -- Balaʹam and Deir ʻAlla / Émile Puech -- Balaam, Mopsus and Melampous : tales of traveling seers / Jan N. Bremmer -- Balaam in the Dead Sea Scrolls / Florentino García Martínez -- A Qumran cave 2 fragment preserving part of Numbers 23:5-7[8] (2Q29 1) / Eibert Tigchelaar -- Balaam and Enoch / Eibert Tigchelaar -- The rewriting of Numbers 22-24 in pseudo-Philo, Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 18 / Jacques T.A.G.M. van Ruiten -- Balaam as the Sophist par excellence in Philo of Alexandria : Philo's projection of an urgent contemporary debate onto Moses' Pentateuchal narratives / George H. van Kooten -- 'A star shall come out of Jacob' : a critical evaluation of the Balaam oracle in the context of Jewish revolts in Roman times / Stefan Beyerle -- Balaam's fourth oracle (Numbers 24:15-19) according to the Aramaic targums / Alberdina Houtman and Harry Sysling -- Interpret him as much as you want : Balaam in the Babylonian Talmud / Ronit Nikolsky -- Balaam and the star of the Magi / Tobias Nicklas -- Balaam in Revelation 2:14 / Jan Willem van Henten -- Balaam and 2 Peter 2:15 : 'They have followed in the steps of Balaam' (Jude 11) / Tord Fornberg -- Speaking asses in the Acts of Thomas : an intertextual and cognitive perspective / István Czachesz -- 'To bless with a mouth bent on cursing' : patristic interpretations of Balaam (Num 24:17) / Johan Leemans -- Balaʹam in early Koranic commentaries / Fred Leemhuis
Summary This volume deals with the pagan prophet Balaam who figures in the book of Numbers. By the very nature of his stature as a non-Israelite, pagan prophet, the figure of Balaam raises important questions with regard to the nature of prophecy and the relation between the Israelite God and the pagan nations. The conflicting stories and potent oracles of Balaam in Numbers 22-24 and other parts of the Jewish Scriptures prompted extensive reflection on this ambiguous figure. Thus the leading perspective developed in this volume is the often simultaneous praise and criticism of Balaam as a prestigious
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Balaam (Biblical figure) -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Kooten, Geurt Hendrik van, 1969-
Ruiten, J. van (Jacques)
LC no. 2008011339
ISBN 9047433130 (electronic bk.)
9789047433132 (electronic bk.)