SHULAMMITE, THE

SHULAMMITE, THE
SHULAMMITE, THE (Heb. הַשּׁוִּלַמִּית), a feminine name or title occurring only in Song of songs 7:1 (6:13). The phonetic similarity of Shulammite to Shunammite led to the identification of the dancer of Song of Songs with abishag , "the maiden from shunem ," who was brought to King David in his old age (I Kings 1:1–4). The word is most plausibly explained as being indeed equivalent to הַשּׁוּנַמִּית," the Shunammite woman" (I Kings 1:3; II Kings 4:25), used (on account of the aforementioned Abishag) as synonymous with "beautiful woman." (Keith N. Schoville)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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