A plain in Babylonia (modern S. Iraq), where the tower of Babel was supposed to have been built (Gen. 11:2). Some of the Israelite exiles were to be rescued from there (Isa. 11:11). In Zechariah's seventh vision the wickedness and guilt of Judah is sealed in a basket and carried to Shinar to be deposited in a temple of its own (Zech. 5:11).

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