The Shunammite woman and her son avoided the famine (2 Kings 8:1-8:3)

“Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life. ‘Get up. Go with your household. Settle wherever you can. Yahweh has called for a famine. It will come on the land for seven years.’ So the woman got up and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and settled in the land of the Philistines for seven years. At the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she set out to appeal to the king for her house and her land.”

Now we are back to the wealthy unnamed Shunammite woman. Obviously this belongs with the section in chapter 4. Elisha told her to leave her town since a great 7 year famine was coming. Once again, notice the prominent role of the number 7. She went to live in the Philistine territory with her son. There is no mention of her husband, who either died or stayed in Shunem. At the end of 7 years she wanted to return, but somehow the caretakers of her land now said that it was theirs. She then appealed to the king to have her land restored.


 

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