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Pethor is identified in the Bible as the home of the prophet Balaam. It had been speculated that it was the same place as Pitru, a town mentioned in ancient Assyrian records.[1] More recently, it has been identified with the modern Deir Alla.[2]


  1. ^ Hogarth, D. G. (David George), 1862-1927, The Ancient East, p.30
  2. ^ W.H. Shea, "The Inscribed Tablets From Tell Deir `Alla" (Part I), Andrews University Seminary Studies, vol. 27, p. 31, 1989.