Metaphysical meaning of Shunem (mbd)
Shunem, shu'-nem (Heb.)--two resting places; double supports; doubly reposed; two tranquil dwellings.
A border city of Issachar (Josh. 19:18), where the Philistines encamped against Israel (I Sam. 28:4). It was the home of the Shunammite woman whose son Elisha raised to life (II Kings 4:8); also of Abishag the Shunammite (I Kings 1:3).
Meta. The meaning of this name, with the significance of Abishag (see ABISHAG; also the story of the Shunammite woman's son who died), point to a very great need of the activity of the resurrecting Christ life in this Shunem thought and nerve center. Shunem signifies a doubly restful, peaceful (because of inactivity) state of being, in what should be the very active zeal faculty in man (a city of Issachar, and Issachar represents active zeal). Elisha's work with the Shunammite woman and her son reveals a quickening and stirring of the Shunem thought to new life and enthusiasm.