two resting-places, a little village in the tribe of Issachar, to the north of Jezreel and south of Mount Gilboa (Josh. 19:18), where the Philistines encamped when they came against Saul (1 Sam. 28:4), and where Elisha was hospitably entertained by a rich woman of the place. On the sudden death of this woman's son she hastened to Carmel, 20 miles distant across the plain, to tell Elisha, and to bring him with her to Shunem. There, in the "prophet's chamber," the dead child lay; and Elisha entering it, shut the door and prayed earnestly: and the boy was restored to life (2 Kings 4:8-37). This woman afterwards retired during the famine to the low land of the Philistines; and on returning a few years afterwards, found her house and fields in the possession of a stranger. She appealed to the king at Samaria, and had them in a somewhat remarkable manner restored to her (comp. 2 Kings 8:1-6).
It is supposed that the Philistine army was encamped at shunem before the battle.
Then the lady of shunem showed all the faith and strength and wisdom of her character.
The next anecdote of Elisha brings us once more into contact with the Lady of shunem.
The Lady of shunem had learnt by experience the weight of Elisha's words.
The Philistines meanwhile went forth to the number of thousands, and encamped near the town of shunem.
Elisha then returned with the woman to shunem and shut himself into the room with the dead child.
There is a woman in shunem who didst bear to her husband in his old age a son.
One day Elisha went over to shunem where a rich woman lived, and she asked him to be her guest.
And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread.
We moved up, on the 17th, to shunem, and on the next night we experienced an adventure.