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Reference: Bramble


(1.) Hebrew atad, Jg 9:14; rendered "thorn," Ps 58:9. The LXX. and Vulgate render by rhamnus, a thorny shrub common in Palestine, resembling the hawthorn.

(2.) Hebrew hoah, Isa 34:13 (R.V. "thistles"); "thickets" in 1Sa 13:6; "thistles" in 2Ki 14:9; 2Ch 25:18; Job 31:40; "thorns" in 2Ch 33:11; Song 2:2; Ho 9:6. The word may be regarded as denoting the common thistle, of which there are many species which encumber the corn-fields of Palestine. (See Thorn.)

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(atad). Not our English trailing blackberries; but the Paliurus rhamnus aculeatus, a lowly stunted tree with drooping jagged branches, from which project sharp stiff thorns, affording no shade, but only scratching those who touched it; fit emblem of the self important, petty, but mischievous speaker (answering to Abimelech) in Jotham's parable (Jg 9:8-20), the oldest fable extant.

The "bramble bush" (Lu 6:44) is probably the same as Christ's thorn (Zizyphus spina Christi) supposed to be the kind of which Christ's crown of thorns was platted; a shrub about six feet high, producing an acid fruit as large as the sloe; the prickles grow in pairs, the one straight, the other curved back. The nebk of the Arabs, common everywhere, easily procurable, and pliable for platting, the leaves a deep green like the ivy; so suited to be a mock crown in imitation of the garlands or crowns with which emperors and generals used to be crowned.

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BRAMBLE, ???, a prickly shrub, Jg 9:14-15; Ps 58:9. In the latter place it is translated "thorn." Hiller supposes atad to be the cynobastus, or sweetbrier. The author of "Scripture Illustrated" says, that the bramble seems to be well chosen as the representative of the original; which should be a plant bearing fruit of some kind, being associated, Jg 9:14, though by opposition, with the vine. The apologue or fable of Jotham has always been admired for its spirit and application. It has also been considered as the oldest fable extant.

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