Meta. Bileam is the same word as Balaam; in Hebrew they are spelled exactly the same. The meaning is identical. The only difference is that Bileam is a city and Balaam is an individual. Thus Bileam signifies a group of thoughts of like character to that which Balaam signifies. (See BALAAM.) The fact that the city of Bileam came into the possession of the half tribe of Manasseh, and then was given over to the Kohathite Levites, bespeaks a lifting up of this group of thoughts, or state of consciousness, to higher, truer expression.