The soothsayer Balaam, or, The transformation of a sorcerer into a prophet; Numbers XXII.-XXV.

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... 'their exorcisms and curses in harmonious singing speech, in terms as far as possible ingenious and concise, both lively and picturesque. For the same reason, in the Latin language, the exorcisms and prophecies usually bear the name of ' Qarmen,' 'enchanting song.'1 The whole literature of exorcisms and curses which has remained of the first typical Chaldean Magians and soothsayers leads us to the idea that the Mesopotamian sorcerers clothed their blessings and curses in 'the same form. Therefore Balaam, as a true magian, poured out the Divine inspiration which had come to him in the powerful, picturesque, and harmonious form habitual to him, namely, in that of a parable in verse, or of a prophetic song.2 1 Lenorm. Magie, p. 72. The Grecian oracles and diviners had the same characteristics (Koehler, Prophetismus, p. 36).-By the generally accepted interpretation of the Hebrew word E'0 T T Greek irapafioXri, a parable means, according to the radical signification of the verb gjjj to equalise, to govern, to dominate (Stockii Clai:, Furst and Steinb.), a powerful speech or poem which impresses all (by the richness of its edifying thoughts and beauty of form). According to the opinion of our esteemed countryman, I. S. Iakimow, the word signifies 'a statement T T exposed principally in images (comparisons) and in an artistic form' (Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah, xiv. 3-6). The well-known Professor A. Olesnitzky affirms, 'that under a parable must be understood in general every authoritative judgment (the fundamental signification of the root 5j?n is imperavit, dominatus est), be it a national proverb or the sentence of some authoritative individual, and quite independently of the poetical form which may be or not in the parable' (Book of the Proverbs of Solom...

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