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Where can I find Midrashim about Balaam the Gentile Prophet, who appears in this week's Torah Portion?

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related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/9045/1059 – Adam Mosheh Jul 4 '12 at 18:02
Not a midrash but Rashi quotes Meseket Avodah Zarah (4b?) which gives over quite a colorful description of the kind of person Balaam was. – user1292 Jul 5 '12 at 5:36
Not midrash, but interesting - livius.org/de-dh/deir_alla/deir_alla_inscr.html - Bilaam was known to the non-Jewish world and had non-Jewish traditions about him. – Charles Koppelman Feb 13 '13 at 6:11
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Amazing, I didn't know that Rabbi Kasher's Torah Shleima was available online!!! – Adam Mosheh Jul 5 '12 at 13:05
@AdamMosheh hebrewbooks.org has most of it but not all – Yitzchak Jul 6 '12 at 0:14

A friend of mine once suggested to me that I should try looking in Shemos Rabba for the source of a Midrash that says he was in Egypt before the Exodus took place. Also, he said that midrashim can be found in the Parshat Balak section in Bamidbar Rabba.

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