- The journalism sense is an allusion to the miracle of Balaam's ass speaking. (Wiktionary)
“BALAAM ([Hebrew: BIL ` AM] Bil ` am; [Greek: Balaam]; Vg. _Balaam_; the etymology of the name is uncertain), a prophet in the Bible.”
“Now, when I decided to tell the story of Balaam, I knew from experience that if I mentioned an "ass," that animal would require all kinds of tedious explanation, which would probably result in needless mystification and consequent suspicion; so I boldly plunged into the story of _Balaam and his_ KANGAROO!”
“It's wholly appropriate that Balaam's legacy -- at least to the few Bible enthusiasts who even know who he is -- is likely to evoke the expression "Balaam's ass.”
“Against these, Balaam is ridiculous, and that he is ridiculous appears to be the whole point of his journey.”
“We studied Balaam, and Balaam is a curious chap. He was some kind of wizard that truly had dealings with the Living God.”
“So Balaam is invited a second time, with more allurements, he gets a reply from God that no longer has any explanation and seems to border on sarcasm, he finds he can accept.”
“Clearly Balaam is missing something (the explanation from the first reply is absolute), and that is what the episode of the talking donkey illumines.”
“Micah has here Balaam's prophecy in view (compare Mic 6: 5, where also Balaam is referred to).”
“Balaam is a representative of a large class in the world, who express a wish for the blessedness which Christ has promised to His people but are averse to imitate the mind that was in Him.”
“For a momentary inspiration the mere beginning of spiritual life sufficed, as in Balaam's case; but for”
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