We journeyed around the base of the mountain--"Little Hermon,"--past the old Crusaders' castle of El Fuleh, and arrived at Shunem.
I must always remember Shunem gratefully, as a place which gave to us this leafy shelter after our long, hot ride.
Here Gideon pitched his camp in the old times; behind Shunem lay the "Midianites, the Amalekites, and the Children of the East," who were "as grasshoppers for multitude; both they and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea-side for multitude.
The book is arranged in chronological order, covering the period of the books of the Prophets and Writings, beginning with Jericho (Joshua 2 and 6) and ending in Jerusalem (Ezra 8-10, Nehemiah 2 and 4), with an emphasis on places not normally visited on organized tours, such as Geshur (2 Samuel 13) and Shunem
(2 Kings 4).
Chapter titles include Rahab at Jericho, Ruth the Moabitess at Bethlehem, Absalom's Rebellion in the Kidron Valley, and Elisha and the Wealthy Woman at Shunem
Jesus' great miracle is similar to the stories of the prophet Elijah raising the son of the widow at Zarephath (cf 1 Kgs 17:23) and the prophet Elisha bringing the son of the widow at Shunem
back to life (cf 2 Kgs 4:32-36), which showed the magnificence of God.
Three texts are studied, those of the great woman of Shunem
(2 Kgs 4,8-37), the woman with a flow of blood (Mk 5,25-34 and parallels) and Jesus' "grannies" (Mt 1,1-17).
And while his inscription includes the names of Tannach, Shunem
, Beth Shean, and Rehob, it is completely silent about Jezreel.