Shinar (Shi´nahr)

Plain of, a district of Babylonia in southern Iraq. According to (Gen 10:10), the Plain of Shinar included Babel (Babylon), Erech (Warka), and Accad in central Mesopotamia close to Baghdad. The Tower of Babel is said to have been built in “a plain in the land of Shinar” (Gen 11:2). “Amraphel king of Shinar” was one of the four kings who was pursued and defeated by Abraham (Gen 14:1-16). In later times “Shinar” was equated with Babylon, from which the exiles would one day be rescued (Dan 1:2; Isa 11:11).

Gen 10:10

10The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, and Accad, all of them in the land of Shinar.

Gen 11:2

2And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

Gen 14:1-16

Lot's Captivity and Rescue
1In the days of King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim,2these kings made ... View more

Dan 1:2

2The Lord let King Jehoiakim of Judah fall into his power, as well as some of the vessels of the house of God. These he brought to the land of Shinar, and place ... View more

Isa 11:11

11On that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Et ... View more

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