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Balaam Delivers God's Blessings on All Israel

Mary Douglas

in Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Balaam's story in Numbers is here viewed as a burlesque, in fact a political satire, about the foreign prophet (or magician), Balaam, whom God chooses as his mouthpiece. The author's thesis is that ... More


Balaam and Balak: A Political Satire

Mary Douglas

in In the Wilderness: The Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245413
eISBN:
9780191697463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245413.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The substance of the Book of Numbers is a major theological statement about the ancient promises, about the congregation included in them, about defilement and the role of intention in defining sin. ... More


Week Nine

Jonathan Boyarin

in Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Summer on the Lower East Side

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823239009
eISBN:
9780823239047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239009.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Topics discussed in this chapter include the Jewish calendar, the controversy over the major kosher slaughterhouse in the United States, and the synagogue known as Congregation Anshei Mezritsh on ... More


Religious Movements

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs: Volume 2: 1839-2004

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195673098
eISBN:
9780199080595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter talks about the religious movements of the Sikh, starting with the Nirankaris. This was founded by Dyal Das, who believed that God was formless and that idol worship was futile. The ... More


Between Beast and Angel: The Queer, Fabulous Self: Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2–25:10)

Lori Hope Lefkovitz

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0040
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter provides a queerly interpretation of Parashat Balak of Numbers. The text is replete with boundary crossing and ambiguous identity categories: a beast that talked; an angel that ... More


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