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Meaning of CROWN OF THORNS

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion
  2. [n]  somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
  3. [n]  any affliction that causes great suffering; "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
 
 Synonyms: Christ plant, Christ thorn, cross, Euphorbia milii
 
 See Also: affliction, crown, Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia, spurge

 

 

Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

our Lord was crowned with a, in mockery by the Romans (Matt. 27:29). The object of Pilate's guard in doing this was probably to insult, and not specially to inflict pain. There is nothing to show that the shrub thus used was, as has been supposed, the spina Christi, which could have been easily woven into a wreath. It was probably the thorny nabk, which grew abundantly round about Jerusalem, and whose flexible, pliant, and round branches could easily be platted into the form of a crown. (See THORN ¯T0003642, 3.)

 

 

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