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Shema (1)

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shē´ma ( שׁמע , shemā‛ ; Σαμαά , Samaá ): A city of Judah in the Negeb ( Joshua 15:26 ). If, as some think, identical with SHEBA (which see) of Joshua 19:2 , then the latter must have been inserted here from Joshua 15:26 . It is noticeable that the root letters (שׁמע , sh -m - ) were those from which Simeon is derived. Shema is probably identical with Jeshua (Nehemiah 11:26 ). The place was clearly far South, and it may be Kh . Sa‛wah , a ruin upon a prominent hilltop between Kh . ‛Attı̄r and Khirbet el -Milḥ . There is a wall around the ruins, of large blocks of conglomerate flint (PEF , III, 409, Sh XXV ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Shema (1)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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