🔼The name Shikkeron in the Bible
The name Shikkeron occurs only once in the Bible. It's listed as one of the cities that marked the northern border of the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:11).
🔼Etymology of the name Shikkeron
The name Shikkeron is as good as the same as the noun שכרון (shikkaron), meaning drunkenness:
For a meaning of the name Shikkeron, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Drunkenness. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb שכר (shakar I), meaning to be or become drunk.
It may be tempted to think of Shikkeron as a place with an excellent night-life, but it denoted more probably a kind of center of worship that interpreted drunkenness as a state of heightened spirituality. Something similar was supposed in Greek Bacchanals. The Hebrew definition of wisdom was not as speculative or experiential as the Greek, but in stead wholly focused on practical skill and understanding. To the Hebrews, being drunk had nothing to do with spiritual elevation but rather the opposite (Hosea 4:11).