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Shechem
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Shechem, Heb. שְׁכֶם/šĕkem, “shoulder,” a city in the hill country of central Palestine between Ebal and Gerizim. Since the excavations by Sellin and G.E. Wright between 1913 and 1969, it has been identified with Tell Balāṭa, near Nablus. The earliest Middle Bronze settlement of the city, initially unfortified, dates from c. 1900 bce. It includes a courtyard complex which Wright interpreted as a temple but was more likely a palace (Otto, 133–150). In the 17th century, Shechem was fortified with a massive cyclopean wall in combination with a six-cha…

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Otto, Eckart, “Shechem”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025516>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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