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(an incorrect rendering [borrowed from the Vulg.] of the name elsewhere Anglicized SHECUIEM (See SHECUIEM) [q.v.]) occurs in two passages of the A. V.

1. In Genesis 12:6 the unusual expression '" the place of Sichem" may perhaps indicate that at that early age the city did not exist. The "oaks of Moreh" were there, but the town of Shechemas yet was not its "place" only was visited by the great patriarch.

2. (Εν Σικίμοις; Vulg. ins Sichimis, Sirach 1, 26.) if there could be any doubt that the son of Sirach was alluding in this passage to the Samaritans, who lived, as they still live, at Shechem, it would be disproved by the characteristic pun which he has perpetrated on the word Moreh, the ancient name of Shechem: "That foolish people (λαὸς μ ω ρ ό ς ) that dwell in Sichem."

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Sichem'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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