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Shechem

(shē`kəm), town, central ancient Palestine, the modern Tell Balatan, between Mts. Gerizim and Ebal, near NablusNablus
, Heb. Shechem, city (2003 est. pop. 127,000), the West Bank. It is the market center for a region where wheat and olives are grown and sheep and goats are grazed. Manufactures include soap made from olive oil and colorful shepherds' coats.
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. Excavations in the 20th cent. indicate a village there c.3500 B.C. Shechem's greatest period began c.1700 B.C. when the HyksosHyksos
[Egyptian,=rulers of foreign lands], invaders of ancient Egypt, now substantiated as the XV–XVIII dynasties. They were a northwestern Semitic (Canaanite or Amorite) people who entered Egypt sometime between 1720 and 1710 B.C.
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 rebuilt it. According to patriarchal narratives in the Book of Genesis, it was visited by Abraham, and Jacob built an altar to God there. Jacob pastured his flocks near Shechem; his well remains a landmark. The rape of Dinah, Jacob's daughter, by Shechemites provoked Jacob's sons to plunder the city. As related in the book of JoshuaJoshua
, book of the Bible. It is the first book of the Deuteronomic history (Joshua–2 Kings), in which the theological outlook of the Book of Deuteronomy is used to explain the fate of Israel.
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, after the Canaanite conquest, Hebrew tribes gathered at Shechem. Solomon's son RehoboamRehoboam
, in the Bible, last king of the United Monarchy, first king of Judah, son of Solomon. Under him the northern tribes broke away from the rule of Jerusalem and set up a separate kingdom (called Israel) with Jeroboam I as their king.
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 was crowned (c.930 B.C.) there; Jeroboam IJeroboam I
, in the Bible, first king of the northern kingdom of Israel. He was an Ephraimite and led a revolt against Solomon, inspired probably by the restlessness of N Palestine under southern rule.
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 "built" Shechem. Thus it was the first northern capital, before Samaria. A small community of Samaritans still live in the area.

Shechem

(shĕk`əm, shē`–), in the Bible. 1 Hivite prince. 2 Manassite chief.
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In the palimpsest of images--the speaker's son, overlaid by an image of biblical Joseph, overlaid finally by an image of a dead Palestinian boy, killed in a crossfire it seems--the poem insists on the similarities and the terrible differences between the three boys, insists on our acknowledging the lies we tell ourselves to justify unacceptable deaths, insists on our not looking away, not from the black-and-white photo, not from the heartbreaking image of this little boy from Shechem, a new Joseph (or Yusuf) who is not saved and not redeemed.
Biblical Seductions is a fascinating reading of the stories of Lot and his daughters, Dinah and Shechem, Judah and Tamar, David and Bathsheba, Ammon and Tamar, and Ruth and Boaz, weaving together not only interpretations across the post-biblical centuries, but also commenting on the intertextual connections between the stories.
Nablus is the Arabic version of Neapolis, the town founded by the Emperor Vespasian some 1940 years ago, after he destroyed the nearby Jewish town of Sichem or Shechem.
CDATA[ One PA Arab dies in a violent riot near the village of Qusra, south of Shechem, which forced IDF soldiers to use live fire.
They have, we learn earlier in Genesis, recently migrated to an area near the city of Shechem, where they have settled on a plot purchased from the city's king, Hamor.
Kedesh, Shechem, Hebron, Bezer, Ramoth-Gilead, and Golan were designated for refuge: one city for every two of twelve tribes.
What is being effected today is a new and strange status where Karbala, Al-Quds and Shechem are imagined first, then lived afterward.
They tell the Shechemites that the prince can have Dinah, but they say that to make things fight between the two peoples all of the men of Shechem must allow themselves to be circumcised.
After all, his own tax revenues contribute to the flourishing of the Od Yosef Chai Shechem yeshiva, the settlement's crowning glory," Akiva Eldar wrote in Haaretz today.
In the biblical narrative, Dinah is raped by Shechem, and the story is told from a male perspective, taking no account of the experience of Dinah herself.
they called it Shechem, which means two shoulders," he says, as he leans back in a plastic chair across the street from his shop.