‘An important animal in the daily lives of millions of people throughout the world’

By WND News Services

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(Photo by dimitri.photography on Unsplash)

(ISRAEL365 NEWS) — A new scientific study has shed light on the origin of the donkey, an animal prominently featured in the Bible, including in one of the most enigmatic episodes of the Pentateuch, the journey of the evil prophet Balaam described in the book of Numbers.

According to the Bible, as the Israelites wandered in the desert towards the end of their forty years in the wilderness, a well-known diviner, Balaam was recruited by Balak, King of Moab, to curse the people of Israel. As he set out for his mission, his female donkey tried to dissuade him from pursuing it.

“When the ass now saw the angel of Hashem, she lay down under Balaam; and Balaam was furious and beat the ass with his stick. Then Hashem opened the ass’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?” Balaam said to the ass, “You have made a mockery of me! If I had a sword with me, I’d kill you.” The ass said to Balaam, “Look, I am the ass that you have been riding all along until this day! Have I been in the habit of doing thus to you?” And he answered, “No.” Then Hashem uncovered Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of Hashem standing in the way, his drawn sword in his hand; thereupon he bowed right down to the ground.” (Numbers 22:27-31).


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