Biblical Archaeology Review 11:5, September/October 1985

Fragments from the Book of Balaam Found at Deir Alla

Text foretells cosmic disaster

By André Lemaire

The date was March 17, 1967, a Friday. A Dutch expedition led by Professor Henk J. Franken of the University of Leiden was excavating a mound named Tell Deir Alla in the middle Jordan Valley, east of the river, in Jordan. The site lay halfway between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, barely a mile north of what was known in Biblical times as the Jabbok River and now is called the Zerqa, a tributary of the Jordan.

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