Brambles • Thorns and Briers and Brambles
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bramble. Translation of several words designating a shrub with prickly stems and runners, often forming tangled masses of vegetation.See Plants.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BRAMBLE Translation of several words designating a shrub with prickly stems and runners, often forming tangled masses of vegetation. See Plants.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
brambles, various spiny bushes often forming impenetrable thickets. In Judg. 9:7–15, Jotham tells a parable of how the bramble ended up being chosen king of the trees. In Song of Sol. 2:2, a maiden is compared to “a lily among brambles.” Jesus teaches that people must be evaluated according to their
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bramble(1.) Hebrew atad, Judg. 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 1 Sam. 13:6; “thistles” in 2 Kings 14:9, 2 Chr. 25:18, Job 31:40; “thorns”
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bramblesbrambles, various spiny bushes often forming impenetrable thickets (Judg. 14–15; Song of Sol. 2:2). The bramble of Luke 6:44 is probably a fruit-bearing bush such as the blackberry (Rubus sanguineus). See also Thorns.
Compton’s Encyclopedia
brambleany of the genus Rubus of prickly shrubs of the rose family, including raspberries and blackberries; more than 250 species; widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, especially in woods and neglected pastures; arched stems are covered with hooked thorns that enable them to climb
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Bramʹble. This word is not the representative of a trailing plant, but of a thorny shrub. Such shrubs are abundant in Palestine (Judg. 9:14, 15; Luke 6:44). See Thorns and Thistles.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BRAMBLE Shrub (Lycium europaeum) with sharp spines and runners usually forming a tangled mass of vegetation (Judg. 9:8–15; Luke 6:44). It had beautiful, attractive flowers, but its thorns gave flocks trouble. Today we know that it prevents erosion on mountain slopes.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
bramble. The brambles mentioned in Scripture are definitely not the types that give bramble jelly today. In Palestine they could be pernicious weeds. Some botanists believe that there were probably two brambles involved, Rubus sanctus (the normal Palestinian bramble) and Rubus ulmifolius (the elm leaf
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