|SHINAR, PLAIN OF |
(sshi' nahr) Place name of uncertain meaning used in various Ancient Near Eastern documents apparently with somewhat different localities in mind. Some evidence points to a Syrian district cited as Sanhara in the Amarna letters. Some scholars equate Shinar in Assyrian texts with modern Sinjar west of Mosul in Iraq. Others think a Kassite tribe was meant originally. Whatever its meaning outside the Bible, biblical texts use Shinar as a designation for Mesopotamia (Genesis 10:10). See Mesopotamia.
The tower of Babel was built in Shinar (Genesis 11:2-9). The King of Shinar opposed Abraham (Genesis 14:1). Isaiah prophesied that God would bring out a remnant of His people from Shinar (Genesis 11:11).
Daniel 1:1-2 and probably
Zechariah 5:11 equate Babylon and Shinar, thus limiting Shinar to its major city in the writers' day.
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