Saturday, July 23, 2022

Sexual imagery in Balaam's blessing?

DR. ERICA LEE MARTIN: “How Lovely Are Your Tents, O Jacob” – Balaam’s Fertility Blessing (
Using imagery of tents, gardens, and flowing water—themes associated with love and sexuality in the Bible and the ancient Near East—Balaam’s praise of Israelite women, מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב (Numbers 24:5), also serves as a warning. The Priestly authors, however, invert this blessing to present Balaam as the instigator of the Baal Peor incident.
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