New Defender's Study Bible Notes
4:8 Shunem. The village of Shunem was in the territory of Isaachar, near Jezreel. The woman of Shunem was “great” in the sense of being prosperous and highly regarded by the people of the region.
4:10 a little chamber. This narrative is the origin of the term “prophet’s chamber,” applied to small apartments maintained by churches or individual Christians for use by visiting evangelists and Bible teachers.
4:12 Gehazi his servant. Gehazi seems to have been a sort of prophetic intern. He was Elisha’s “servant” in the same sense that Elisha had been Elijah’s servant (I Kings 19:21).
4:25 to Mount Carmel. Shunem was not far from Mount Carmel, the scene of Elijah’s famous confrontation with prophets of Baal.
4:34 mouth upon his mouth. This is considered good scientific procedure today, calling it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
4:37 took up her son. This is the second example in the Scriptures of the dead being restored to life. See note on I Kings 17:22.