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Bibil Identifier bibil:204137
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Modes of Divine Communication in the Balaam Narrative
Author Gass, Erasmus
Journal Biblische Notizen (Volume: 139)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 19-38 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In its final form, the Balaam narrative alludes to a number of different topics related to divine communication: Balaam comes into contact with the divine sphere through an encounter with God and God's messenger, by an audition, by consulting omens and finally by a "real" vision. Thus, there is a certain progression and dynamic in the way that Balaam receives the message of God. All in all, Balaam is portrayed as a diviner able to predict the future, though ineffective as a sorcerer who could manipulate God's will. This seems to be the disastrous misunderstanding of Balak. Thus, the Balaam narrative is mainly interested in the proper concept of God. One final objective is to demonstrate that God's will is unchangeable and that a true prophet can only speak what is revealed to him by God.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Balaam
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : God - Humanity Relationship
Pericopes Numbers 22-24
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