Shechem

A city north of Jerusalem controlling a vital trade route, and so very prosperous. It was visited by Abraham (Gen. 12:6) and it was the burial site of Jacob (Josh. 24:32) and the place where Joshua renewed the covenant (Josh. 24). It was destroyed by Abimelech, self-styled king (Judg. 9:45), but rebuilt, and became the place chosen by Rehoboam for his coronation; but it was in the northern area which revolted against him soon afterwards, and Jeroboam Ⅰ of Israel used Shechem temporarily as his capital. The city survived successfully until the Assyrian invaders again destroyed it; once more it was rebuilt and became a religious centre in 350 BCE for the Samaritans. It was destroyed again when Samaria was subdued by John Hyrcanus in 107 BCE, and again rebuilt. It survives today as part of the city of Nablus.

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  • Shechem — (Sichem, Shkhem or Shachmu, Hebrew: שְׁכֶם‎ / שְׁכָם, Standard unicode|Šəḫem Tiberian unicode|Šəḵem ; Shoulder , modern Tell Balatah Israel, present day Salim and 2 km east of present day Nablus) was Canaanite city mentioned in the Amarna letters …   Wikipedia

  • SHECHEM — (Heb. שְׁכֶם), ancient Canaanite and Israelite city situated between Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim in a fertile and well watered valley in the heart of the central hill country of Ereẓ Israel. Shechem has been identified with the ancient mound known… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Shechem — /shee keuhm, kem, shek euhm, em/, n. 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. * * * ▪ ancient… …   Universalium

  • Shechem —    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 …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Shechem — Naplouse 32° 13′ 18″ N 35° 15′ 40″ E / 32.221751, 35.261221 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Shechem — geographical name see Nablus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Shechem — n. city located in the West Bank and under control of the Palestinian Authority (called Nablus in Arabic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Shechem — She•chem [[t]ˈʃi kəm, ˈʃɛk əm[/t]] hebr. [[t]ʃəˈxɛm[/t]] n. Hebrew name of Nablus …   From formal English to slang

  • Shechem — /ˈʃikɛm/ (say sheekem) noun a town of ancient Palestine, near the city of Samaria. Modern, Nablus …   Australian English dictionary

  • Shechem — /shee keuhm, kem, shek euhm, em/, n. 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 …   Useful english dictionary

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