What is the…
Land of Shinar
Hebrew: שִׁנְעָר —transliteration: Shinar
Septuagint and Vulgate: “Senaar;” in the inscriptions “Shumir”
This name occurs 8 times in Scripture: Genesis 10:10—“and Calneh, in the land of Shinar,” Genesis 11:2—“in the land of Shinar and settled there,” Genesis 14:1; 14:9—“Amraphel king of Shinar,” Joshua 7:21—“a beautiful mantle from Shinar,” Isaiah 11:11—“Elam, Shinar, Hamath,” Daniel 1:2—“he brought them to the land of Shinar,” Zechariah 5:11—“build a temple for her in the land of Shinar.”
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 Amarpel (“Amraphel, king of Shinar,” Genesis 14:1), who became the founder of the new empire of Chaldea.
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