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Balak the King of Moab when the Jews were in the Midbar

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Why Ruth is called Ruth, the Moabite, when Balak, her direct male-line ancestor, was actually a midianite?

Rashi (Bamidbar 22.4.) says, that Balak was a midianite and Gemara (Sanhedrin 105:) says that he was a direct male-line ancestor of Ruth. Why then Ruth is called Ruth, the Moabite?
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Why didn't Balak request Bilam to bless his own people?

When Balak summons Bilam, he says, "For I know that whomever you bless will be blessed and whomever you curse shall be cursed." This implies that Balak understood that Bilam's main strength was in ...