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Balaʿam And Deir ʿAlla

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The inscriptions on plaster were discovered in March 1967 by a Dutch expedition directed by H.J. Franken digging at Tell Deir ʿAlla. This chapter describes about Balaʿam at Deir ʿAlla, It concentrates the author's remarks on the first combination. The chapter gives the text the way he tries to understand it presently, followed by a translation and some notes to explain some choices in the restorations, and then a synthesis on this group. The divine power the gods gave to Balaʿam was transmitted by his magic book and was still in use in a writing adapted to the local dialect by the servants of the sanctuary or sacred place in the first part of the 8th century as an effective means for the religious needs of and divine favours destined for the local population.

Keywords: Balaʿam; Dutch expedition; plaster inscription; Tell Deir ʿAlla



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