And of the second lot would merchants come from the lands round about, from Calneh
and Shinar, from Uruk beyond Tigris to Sumer would merchants come to purchase with
gold and silver and all manner of precious stones the wines of Zion.
Summary: An ancient city established between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Shinar
became a part of the Sumerian Empire after it was conquered by Yasher-Baal (c. 8,820
BCE), the son of Cain (B:11:34-35). Yasher-Baal appointed one of his sons, Remlah,
as king of Shinar, but Remlah’s appointment was short lived as he was defeated in
battle and killed by the freedom fighter, Elon-Zanoah (B:15:28-32). Yasher-Baal appointed
his son Adrammelech to replace Remlah as king of Shinar (B:15:49).
Phiniah, the uncle of Noah, lived in the land of Shinar (c. 5,000 BCE). It was there
that Noah met Phiniah’s daughter, Suzanne. The two were married soon after (B:20:27-44).
The man Abram (later named Abraham) and his wife Sarah were originally from the city
of Babel, located in the land of Shinar (B:24:21). During that time (c. 1,800 BCE),
the land of Shinar was ruled over by king Nimrod (B:25:1-5).