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Shunem (Hebrew: שׁוּנֵם; Douay-Rheims: Sunam) was a small village mentioned in the Bible. It was located in the possession of the Tribe of Issachar, near the Jezreel Valley and south of Mount Gilboa (Joshua 19,18).
Shunem is where:
- The Philistines encamped when they came against Saul, the first king of Israel (1Samuel 28,4).
- Where Abishag, King David's companion in his old age, came from; (1Kings 1,1)
- Where the prophet Elisha was hospitably entertained by a rich woman whose son Elisha later revived after the son died. (2Kings 4,8)
- John L. McKenzie, Dictionary of the Bible, Touchstone Press, 1965