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Shen meaning

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🔼The name Shen in the Bible

The name Shen occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of either a settlement or else some distinct geographic feature close to Mizpah of Benjamin (1 Samuel 7:12).

Shen is featured in the aftermath of the famous story of the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant during a battle with Israel (1 Samuel 4:11). The Ark goes on a tour through the major Philistine cities but causes sickness and calamity, and the Philistines send it back (1 Samuel 5:11). The Ark re-enters Israel at Beth-shemesh where it strikes its last blow against insolence and disrespect (1 Samuel 6:19).

Twenty years later, the judge Samuel gathers Israel at Mizpah and oversees a ritualistic mass consecration that also draws the Philistines near. But YHWH releases a great thunder and disperses the Philistines and the Israelites pursue them and defeat them as far as Beth-car (1 Samuel 7:11). To commemorate these events, Samuel erects a stone between Mizpah and Shen, and calls it Ebenezer.

🔼Etymology of the name Shen

The name Shen is identical to the noun שן (shen), meaning tooth, from the verb שנן (shanan), meaning to sharpen:

🔼Shen meaning

For a meaning of the name Shen, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Tooth; A Pointed Rock, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Tooth. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret the name Shen but does confirm that it is identical to the noun שן (shen), meaning tooth.

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