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Acacia

ACACIA ə kā’ shə. There are a number of Acacias mentioned in the Bible, i.e. different species under common names. 1. סְנֶה, H6174, (Exod 3:2-4). The word bush here is prob. the thorny Acacia nilotica, i.e. Egyp. mimosa. It is seen around about the Dead Sea. Moffatt tr. the word as “thorn bush,” and this is undoubtedly right. 3. Acacia arabica may possibly be the tree referred to in Exodus 3. This is the tree which yields gum arabic, though this may not have been known to the ancient Hebrews. Probably the Acacia was not a native of N Pal., as it is not mentioned at all in the later Biblical books. If the camphire (כֹּ֤פֶר) referred to in [[Song of Solomon]] is henna (see [[Camphire]]), then it may be that there is some reference to Acacia catechu—for henna paste is made by mixing the henna leaves when dried and powdered with an extract of the wood of this particular tree. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) ShiTTah (= shinTah) is equivalent to the Arabic sant whi