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Interpret Him As Much As You Want: Balaam In The Babylonian Talmud

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This chapter analyzes the representation of the person of Balaam in a pericope in the Babylonian Talmud (BT), that is, Sanhedrin 90a-106b. The pericope about Balaam in the BT is found in Perek Helek, literally meaning 'the chapter on "portion" '. The chapter first summarizes the content of the BT pericope and also analyzes it. It discusses the manner in which the BT is reworking earlier rabbinic sources into the pericope, and how the original source is changed in this process. In the BT pericope there are more than a dozen cases of reworking earlier known material from other rabbinic writings. The uniqueness of the Babylonian view about Balaam unfolds through analyzing the particular sequence of narratives which are present in the pericope about this biblical figure.

Keywords: Babylonian Talmud (BT); Balaam; biblical figure; pericope; rabbinic writings; Sanhedrin 90a-106b



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