Bunias spinosa L.; Zilla myagriodes Forssk fide FP1 Notes (Spiny Zilla):
And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 28:24 (KJV)
And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 28:24 (RSV)
And be no will there prove to be to the house of Israel a malignant prickle or a painful thorn out of all those round about them, those who are treating them with scorn; and people will have to know that I am the sovereign Lord Jehovah.
Ezekiel 28:24 (NWT)
And there will be no more for the house of Israel a prickling brier or a painful thorn from any round about them who scorned them; then they will know that I am the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 28:24 (NAST)
There were nearly 100 citations for Zilla, almost all of them for authors named Zilla, and almost no (only two) PubMed citations for the biblical plant Zilla spinosa. So, for a change, I went for a special Google searach <Zilla spinosa Bible> and got 15 citations, which I eagerly explored. The first two were unexpectably based on my own work, the third and fourth were a map of historical sites in the Holy Land, and the remainder were false drops. That is about the fifth time I have experienced this; most of the hot leads on the biblical plants I Google harken back to me. So I wasted 20 minutes on this Google search. The USDA nomenclature database has nothing on it. My own phytochemical database, also online at USDA, has nothing on it. And, I expect cruising through all my Mideastern books will waste even more time, but now in the Z's I am getting anxious to finish this venture. So I will paraphrase much of what Zohary has to say on his one page devoted to Zilla. The Arabic name silla for a conspicuously thorny plant (I remember it well from Egypt) was Latinized by Forsskal to Zilla as the generic scientific name. But quite often, as perhaps in the Ezekiel quotes above, it was reduced to a very general word for thorn rather than a specific reference to Zilla spinosa. Zohary offers a second quotation, "Lamech said to his wives: 'Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, hearken to what I say: I have slain a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me.'" (Genesis 4:23; RSV). He then says, "It seems not too risky to suggest that Zillah, wife of Lamech, was named for this plant, so characteristic of the desert in the Land of Nod." (ZOH) One can think of it as spiny tumbleweed because, when mature, it may be uprooted by the wind and tumble through the desert.
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