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Abraham’s Altar in Shechem
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also known as Tell Balâṭah; located 40 miles north of Jerusalem in the fertile valley between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, just east of modern-day Nablus. The city’s location along the Shechem pass allowed it to control commercial and military traffic throughout the region. This territory was occupied by the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim.Shechem is the first place where Abram stops after entering Canaan (Gen 12:6). It is the location of the rape of Dinah (Gen 34), the covenant renewal (Josh 24), and the burial of Joseph (Josh 24:32). Shechem also is the place from which Abimelech reigns (Judg 9), and it is the site of Rehoboam’s coronation (1 Kgs 12:1). Shechem is refortified by Jeroboam, who then lives there (1 Kgs 12:25).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Shechem
Shechem, City of (שְׁכֶם‎, shekhem; “shoulder”). Also known as Tell Balâṭah; located 40 miles north of Jerusalem in the fertile valley between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, just east of modern-day Nablus. The city’s location along the Shechem pass allowed it to control commercial and military traffic
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Shechem (Place)
Shechem (Place). Town in the center of western Palestine, near the watershed which separates the waters that flow to the Jordan from those that descend to the Mediterranean. The site is 40 miles north of Jerusalem at the eastern entrance to the pass between Mt Ebal and Mt Gerizim. The ancient town stood
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Shechem
Shechem sheʹkem, shēʹkəm [Heb. šeḵem—‘shoulder’; Gk. Sychem, Sikima]; AV also SICHEM (Gen. 12:6), SYCHEM (Acts 7:16). A city in Manasseh near the border of the tribal area of Ephraim (Josh. 17:7) and in the vicinity of Mt. Gerizim (Jgs. 9:7). Eusebius (Onom, s.v.) and the Bordeaux pilgrim (a.d.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Shechem (Place)
SHECHEM (Place) Town in the center of western Palestine, near the watershed that separates the waters that flow to the Jordan from those that descend to the Mediterranean. The site is 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) north of Jerusalem at the eastern entrance to the pass between Mt Ebal and Mt Gerizim. The
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Shechem
Shechem (shek´uhm), a city located forty-one miles north of Jerusalem in the pass between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. It dominated an important trade route and controlled a fertile valley to the east where Jacob’s sons pastured their flocks (Gen. 37:12–14). Shechem was a Korathite levitical city of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Shechem
SHECHEM1. The seducer of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob (Gen 34). Son of Hamor, a Hivite prince (Gen 33:19; Jdg 9:28), he along with all the men of the town was slain by Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers (Gen 34:25–26).2. A man of the tribe of Manasseh descended from Gilead (Num 26:31; Josh 17:2).3.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Shechem
SHECHEM. 1. The son of Hamor, the Hivite, prince of Shechem (Gn. 34; Jos. 24:32; Jdg. 9:28) who defiled Jacob’s daughter Dinah. 2. A descendant of Joseph’s son Manasseh (Nu. 26:31), founder of a family (Jos. 17:2). 3. Son of Shemidah, of the tribe of Manasseh (1 Ch. 7:19).4. An important town in central
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Shechem
Shechem (Heb. šĕḵem) (PLACE)A city in the heartland of the Ephraimite hill country (Josh. 20:7). The 6 ha. (15 a.) site is 67 km. (40 mi.) N of Jerusalem, 2 km. (1.2 mi.) E of Roman Neapolis (modern Nablus), and 10 km. (6 mi.) SE of Samaria. Though certain classical sources affiliated biblical Shechem
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Shechem (Place)
SHECHEM [shĕkˊəm] (Heb. šeḵem “shoulder, neck”) (PLACE). A Canaanite and Israelite city in the hill country of Ephraim between Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim; site of the covenant ceremony establishing the Israelite confederation (Josh. 24). The city is mentioned in Twelfth Dynasty Egyptian Execration
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Shechem, Sichem
SHECHEM, SICHEM One of the most important Canaanite cities in Mount Ephraim, on the main road from Jerusalem to the north. The city appears from early times in the Egyptian sources. In the Execration Texts of the 19th century bc its ruler Absh-Adad is mentioned. Shechem and its ruler Labayu are also
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Shechem
SHECHEM1. The son of Hamor. Shechem raped Jacob’s daughter Dinah (Gen 34:2). After the crime, Shechem fell in love with Dinah and asked to marry her (Gen 34:3). The union was agreed to on the condition that Shechem and the men of the town accept circumcision. They thought that was a small price to pay
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