Meaning:Destroyer of People
Balaam is a boy's name of Hebrew origin. With a meaning like “destroyer of people,” it’s no wonder that Balaam might have caught your eye. Despite this foreboding description, the story of Balaam is complex in the Hebrew Bible, owing to the figure’s role in the fate of God’s people. Balaam is a prophet who blesses the Israelites despite King Balak of Moab asking him to do otherwise. However, Balaam also helps the king entrap the Israelites in sin which results in God punishing them with a deadly plague. This fascinating event is referenced several times in the Torah and the Christian New Testament and the name Balaam carries great significance within religious circles. However you view the name, Balaam’s ancient history, and boyish sound—and even its unique meaning—give it a place as a baby name in the 21st century.
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