Shechem

 •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 10
(shoulder). (1) The Canaanite who abducted Dinah and was slain by Simeon and Levi (Gen. 34). (2) An ancient and highly historic city, between mounts Ebal and Gerizim, 34 miles N. of Jerusalem. Called also Sichem, Sychem, Sychar, later Neapolis, now Nablus. Halting place of Abraham (Gen. 12:66And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. (Genesis 12:6)). A Hivite city in time of Jacob (Gen. 33:18-2018And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city. 19And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money. 20And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel. (Genesis 33:18‑20); Josh. 24:3232And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. (Joshua 24:32)). Captured by Simeon and Levi (Gen. 34). Joseph buried there (Josh. 24:3232And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. (Joshua 24:32)). Destroyed by Abimelech (Judg. 9). Rebuilt by Rehoboam, and fortified and made capital of Israel by Jeroboam (1 Kings 12: 1-19,25; 2 Chron. 10). A center of Samaritan worship after the captivity (John 4:5,39-425Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. (John 4:5)
39And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41And many more believed because of his own word; 42And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (John 4:39‑42)
). (3) A Manassite, of Gilead (Num. 26:3131And of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites: and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites: (Numbers 26:31)). (4) A Gileadite, nephew of former (1 Chron. 7:1919And the sons of Shemida were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam. (1 Chronicles 7:19)).