A town on the southern border of Issachar (Josh 19:18) guarding the pass to the Valley of Jezreel on the north, opposite the town of Jezreel at the foot of Mt. Gilboa. It is identified with modern Solem. The Philistines camped at Shunem before defeating the Israelites at Mt. Gilboa (1Sam 28:4), and David’s nurse in his old age, Abishag, was from Shunem (1Kgs 1:3). Elisha frequently stopped at this town in his travels, and a woman there provided him with quarters; in return Elisha’s promise of a son was fulfilled and later Elisha revived him from death (2Kgs 4).
18Its territory included Jezreel, Chesulloth, Shunem,
4The Philistines assembled, and came and encamped at Shunem. Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa.
3So they searched for a beautiful girl throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
Elisha and the Widow's Oil
1Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servan ... View more