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Title: An Angel Appears to Balaam



Medium: Woodcut

Copyright: Public Domain


The prophet Balaam is on his way to curse the Hebrew people after being paid by the Balak, son of King Zippor of Moab to do so despite being told not to be God. On his way, an angel blocks his path. Balaam's donkey sees this angel, but Balaam himself does not. The donkey tries to save Balaam's life by running off the road multiple times. To the point that Balaam starts beating his donkey. The donkey cries out in human speech alerting Balaam to the presence of an angel.