Now there arose in the lands of Shinar a man whose name was Elon Zanoah of the house
of Enosh, a shepherd from the hills of Perga, and he believed all the words of Enoch
concerning the evils of Yasher-Baal and Rahob.
Summary: During the wicked reign of the Sumerian king, Yasher-Baal (c. 8,800 BCE),
there arose a freedom-fighter named Elon Zanoah who was a shepherd from the “hills
of Perga” (B:15:1). The region of Perga was located in the lands of Shinar, likely
somewhere in ancient upper Mesopotamia. Other geographic features near Perga include
the waters of Nod and the Narrows of Tiglath (B:15:19, 29).
Now there went unto Perga the soldiers of the king, and finding Methuselah by the
waters of Nod, they fell upon him and bound him with strong cords, which thing caused
great anger among the inhabitants of the land, for they had regard for the son of
But when he drew nigh unto the borders of Perga, he caused that his army should march
through the Narrows of Tiglath, and there in the deep and narrow lands did Elon meet
the son of Yasher-Baal.