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[shee-kuh m, -kem, shek-uh m, -em] /ˈʃi kəm, -kɛm, ˈʃɛk əm, -ɛm/
a town of ancient Palestine, near the city of Samaria; occupied by Israel 1967–96; since 1996 under Palestinian self-rule: first capital of the northern kingdom of Israel.
Modern name Nablus
[nab-luh s, nah-bluh s] /ˈnæb ləs, ˈnɑ bləs/ (Show IPA)
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  • The name Lawni or Levite is still preserved as the name of a prophet whose tomb is shown to the west of Shechem.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

  • Then follows the conquest of the central part of Palestine, ending at Shechem.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • When therefore Jeroboam had built him a palace in the city Shechem, he dwelt there.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • Men of Shechem too would not be governed from Ophrah if they had any spirit.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • The Sidonians, who live at Shechem, have sent me the memorial enclosed.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • Then note how far the shepherds had wandered to Shechem, which is a very rich pasturage.

    Heroes of Israel Theodore Gerald Soares
  • There is not one word said about Shechem, its pollutions and its confusions.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • This Abimelech, being the son of a woman of Shechem, was elected by the Shechemites to be their leader.

  • Have you, in the moral condition of your soul, got down into Shechem?

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for Shechem


/ˈʃɛkəm; -ɛm/
the ancient name of Nablus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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