This article contains a free Bible Study resource on the subject of Balaam. It provides facts, a biography and information about this famous Biblical character for bible study. There is also reference to where Balaam is mentioned in the Holy Bible.
Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was Balaam?
The definition and outline of Balaam is as follows: The son of Beor and a prophet in Mesopotamia, his story occurring towards the end of the Book of Numbers. Balak, the king of Moab, sent messengers to the prophet, requesting him to come and pronounce a curse against Israel.
Balaam and King Balak Bible Story
Biography, Facts and Information about Balaam
The following info provides a concise biography with facts and information about Balaam:
The son of Beor, was a man of some rank among the Midianites (Numbers 31:8; Compare 16). He resided at Pethor (Deuteronomy 23:4), in Mesopotamia (Numbers 23:7). It is evident that though dwelling among idolaters he had some knowledge of the true God; and was held in such reputation that it was supposed that he whom he blessed was blessed, and he whom he cursed was cursed.
When the Israelites were encamped on the plains of Moab, on the east of Jordan, by Jericho, Balak sent for Balaam "from Aram, out of the mountains of the east," to curse them; but by the remarkable interposition of God he was utterly unable to fulfil Balak's wish, however desirous he was to do so. The apostle Peter refers (2 Peter 2:15,16) to this as an historical event. In Micah 6:5 reference also is made to the relations between Balaam and Balak. Though Balaam could not curse Israel, yet he suggested a mode by which the divine displeasure might be caused to descend upon them (Numbers 25). In a battle between Israel and the Midianites (q.v.) Balaam was slain while fighting on the side of Balak (Numbers 31:8).
The "doctrine of Balaam" is spoken of in Revelation 2:14, in allusion to the fact that it was through the teaching of Balaam that Balak learned the way by which the Israelites might be led into sin. Balaam was constrained to utter prophecies regarding the future of Israel of wonderful magnificence and beauty of expression (Numbers 24:5-9,17).
We have selected Balaam as one of the most important people and character from the Bible and provided a biography and character outline of this famous person. Much of the information is taken from the classic reference books including Matthew George Easton "Easton's Bible Dictionary" and Ashley S Johnson "Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia".
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