Biblical Balaam's Historical Existence Proven, Covered Up
January 14, 2014 4:00 PM Subscribe
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So as not to bury the lede, Dutch archaeologists Found a 2,800 year old document that corroborates the Old Testament story of Balaam.
Some background: Balaam
was a guy in the bible. He had a talking donkey
and, according to some
, was constipated.
He was ordered by Balak, the king of Moab, to curse the Israelites. God, apparently, intervened. Instead, he gave them a rather lovely compliment.
Later, he did some freaky stuff to ruin the moral fiber of the Israelites. But here's the crazy thing: An archaeological discovery in 1967
in Deir Alla, Jordan, corroborates the story of Balaam as told in the bible. Names, actions, the whole megilla are described in the 2,800 year-old pagan text. This is 600-800 years older than the Dead Sea scrolls. Both the relevant Dead Sea scroll and the pagan document, are sitting in drawers in the Archaeological Museum of Jordan
A different famous talking donkey.