The Gemmorah claims that Bilam was given as a prophet to the nations comparable to Moses.

I, however see some unfairness in this choice:

  • Moses was born good - he was already circumsized and the whole house was filled with light (apparently everybody recognized that).

  • Bilam was agreeably a greedy sinner (acc. to practically all the interpreters)

How was this choice fair? How the selection of a sinner to represent the nations can be compared to the selection of Moses?

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    Isn't the claim that they had the same potential, and Bilam misused it? "Bilam was agreeably a greedy sinner" sounds like a learned behavior, which proves the point that he misused his potential. Jul 14 '19 at 14:18
  • @Salmononius2 same potential like in Megamind. Like with Eisov and Yaakov - one was born ugly and one handsome and you wonder how come that one becomes a Tzadik and another a Wicked. G-d designated Moses before he was born, so he was born great, where do we see Bilam born great?
    – Al Berko
    Jul 14 '19 at 15:53
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    What I want to know, and cannot find anywhere, is WHAT Balaam prophesied to the Gentiles (other than to Balak). Jul 14 '19 at 16:41
  • Maybe the gentiles needed someone they could relate to, to create a chance that they might listen to his prophecies and act accordingly? Jul 14 '19 at 16:42
  • Please bring the source that Bilam is supposed to be an equivalent parallel to Moshe. Rashi on Bamidbar 22:5 does not mention equivalency, just that there is a prophet among the non-Jews. Jul 14 '19 at 17:55

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