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Land of Shinar

Hebrew: שִׁנְעָר —transliteration: Shinar —occurrences: 8

Septuagint and Vulgate: Senaar

Inscriptions: Shumir

Shinar is probably identical with Babylonia or Southern Mesopotamia, extending almost to the Persian Gulf.

In this land the tower of Babel was built (Genesis 11:1-6), and the city of Babylon.

The name Shinar occurs 8 times in Scripture:

Shinar was apparently first peopled by Turanian tribes, who tilled the land and made bricks and built cities.

Then tribes of Semites invaded the land and settled in it, and became its rulers.

This was followed, in course of time, by an Elamite invasion; from which the land was finally delivered by King Hammurabi (Khammurabi), the son of Amraphel (Amarpel) “king of Shinar” (Genesis 14:1), who became the founder of the new empire of Chaldea.

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Article Version: July 12, 2021