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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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Shechem in the Bible

shoulder. (1.) The son of Hamor the Hivite (Gen. 33:19; 34). (2.) A descendant of Manasseh (Num. 26:31; Josh. 17:2). (3.) A city in Samaria (Gen. 33:18), called also Sichem (12:6), Sychem (Acts 7:16). It stood in the narrow sheltered valley between Ebal on the north and Gerizim on the south, these mountains at their base being only some 500 yards apart. Here Abraham pitched his tent and built his first altar in the Promised Land, and received the first divine promise (Gen. 12:6, 7). Here also Jacob "bought a parcel of a field at the hands of the children of Hamor" after his return from Mesopotamia, and settled with his household, which he purged from idolatry by burying the teraphim of his followers under an oak tree, which was afterwards called "the oak of the sorcerer" (Gen. 33:19; 35:4; Judg. 9:37). (See MEONENIM.) Here too, after a while, he dug a well, which bears his name to this day (John 4:5, 39-42). To Shechem Joshua gathered all Israel "before God," and delivered to them his second parting address (Josh. 24:1-15). He "made a covenant with the people that day" at the very place where, on first entering the land, they had responded to the law from Ebal and Gerizim (Josh. 24:25), the terms of which were recorded "in the book of the law of God", i.e., in the roll of the law of Moses; and in memory of this solemn transaction a great stone was set up "under an oak" (comp. Gen. 28:18; 31:44-48; Ex. 24:4; Josh. 4:3, 8, 9), possibly the old "oak of Moreh," as a silent witness of the transaction to all coming time. Shechem became one of the cities of refuge, the central city of refuge for Western Palestine (Josh. 20:7), and here the bones of Joseph were buried (24:32). Rehoboam was appointed king in Shechem (1 Kings 12:1, 19), but Jeroboam afterwards took up his residence here. This city is mentioned in connection with our Lord's conversation with the woman of Samaria (John 4:5); and thus, remaining as it does to the present day, it is one of the oldest cities of the world. It is the modern Nablus, a contraction for Neapolis, the name given to it by Vespasian. It lies about a mile and a half up the valley on its southern slope, and on the north of Gerizim, which rises about 1,100 feet above it, and is about 34 miles north of Jerusalem. It contains about 10,000 inhabitants, of whom about 160 are Samaritans and 100 Jews, the rest being Christians and Mohammedans. The site of Shechem is said to be of unrivalled beauty. Stanley says it is "the most beautiful, perhaps the only very beautiful, spot in Central Palestine." Gaza, near Shechem, only mentioned 1 Chr. 7:28, has entirely disappeared. It was destroyed at the time of the Conquest, and its place was taken by Shechem. (See SYCHAR.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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