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Bibil Identifier bibil:224627
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Who Is the Prophet, and Who the Ass? Role-Reversing Interludes and the Unity of the Balaam Narrative (Numbers 22–24)
Author Moyer, Clinton J.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 167-183 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article departs from the traditional view that the episode involving Balaam and his donkey (Num. 22.21–35) is an independent insertion that disrupts the Balaam narrative (Num. 22–24). Instead, the focus here is on the manner in which, within this episode, Balaam displays certain characteristics that are associated elsewhere in these three chapters with the Moabite king Balak. Comparison with two other texts, Genesis 38 and 1 Samuel 25, reveals that the presence of such a role-reversal in the donkey episode renders it an indispensable component of the larger narrative. Each of these three texts thus instantiates a trope in which a role-reversing interlude interacts closely with its surrounding context to highlight the rich human complexity of a central figure.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212455568
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Balaam
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Donkey
Pericopes Numbers 22-24
Numbers 22,21-22,35
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