Thornbush סנה
(1,065 words)

I. Name

In Exod. 3.1–6 Yahweh appears in a burning bush (sĕneh). In Deut. 33.16 Yahweh is called šoknî sĕneh, ‘the Thornbush-dweller’. It has been suggested that the thornbush is used as a designation of Yahweh in Judg. 9.14–15 (ʾṭd) and Ps. 58.10 (ʾṭd). Outside the Bible the Egyptian national god Amun seems to be related to the nbs-tree, the Ziziphus spina Christi; a Ugaritic deity is called ‘the god of the Ziziphus’; in Mesopotamia some deities have the ‘thornbush’ as their symbol.

II. Identity

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Cite this page
M. C. A. Korpel, “Thornbush סנה”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 22 January 2019 <>

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