According to the Book of Numbers, Balak, the king of Moab, sent messengers to Pethor to meet with Balaam in order to elicit a curse upon the Israelite people who had left Egypt and were approaching Moab to occupy the land. Balaam required the messengers to stay overnight in Pethor and to await his response until the next morning. In Deuteronomy, Baalam is described as "Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia".
- Numbers 22:5
- Numbers 5-8
- Deuteronomy 23:4 NAS
- Hogarth, D. G. (David George), 1862-1927, The Ancient East, p.30
- W.H. Shea, "The Inscribed Tablets From Tell Deir `Alla" (Part II), Andrews University Seminary Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, p. 97-119, 1989.
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