Holman Bible Dictionary
(ssi' kahr) Place name intended to note “falsehood,” though perhaps originally derived from “Shechem.” A village in Samaria where Jacob's well is located (John 4:5-6 ). Jesus rested by the well and there ministered to a Samaritan woman. Jacob bought the parcel of land from “the children of Hamor, Shechem's father” (Genesis 33:19 ). The site has been identified variously with Shechem and a village just north of there called Askar. Archaeological excavations have revealed that Sychar and Shechem are part of the same ancient settlement.
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