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Meaning: safe, peaceful
About the name
In Hebrew, words are built on “roots,” generally of three consonants. When the root consonants appear with various vowels and additional letters, a variety of words, often with some relation in meaning, can be formed from a single root. Thus from the root SH-L-M come the words shalom (“peace, well-being”), hishtalem (“it was worth it”), shulam (“paid for”), meshulam (“paid in advance”), and shalem (“safe, peaceful”).
More modern translations use the name “Shechem” instead of “Shalem.”
Article Version: September 1, 2017