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Crown of thorns
        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
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Crown of thorns' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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