🔼The name Asnah: Summary
- Thorn Bush
- From the noun אסנא ('asna'), thorn bush.
🔼The name Asnah in the Bible
The name Asnah (not to be confused with the name Ashnah) occurs only once in the Bible. Ezra mentions him as the patriarch of a family of Nethinim (temple servants) who returned from the Babylonian exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:50).
Nehemiah, who submits the same lists, omits Asnah for untold reasons (Nehemiah 7:52).
🔼Etymology of the name Asnah
Verb אסם ('asam) means to gather or store. Noun אסם ('asam) means storehouse. A close cognate equivalent of the latter is אסנא ('asna'), which also means thorn bush (see next).
Possibly related to the previous, the noun סנה (seneh) describes a kind of thorn bush, particularly the one which famously burned.
Much of the Biblical narrative is devoted to the history of information technology, from the rise of nominal reason to the invention of script and the alphabet, and ultimately to the development of the literary tradition within which the Word of God could be received in human form.
For a meaning of the name Asnah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read Thorn-Bush. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Bramble.