What does the phrase “Bull of Bashan” mean and Where does it come from?

A person with a stentorian voice and powerful build is said to be a “bull of Bashan.”

The reference is to the Bible, to Psalms xxii, 12: “Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.”

The conquest of Bashan by Moses (Deuteronomy iii, 14), known as the land of giants, was a memorable feat to the Israelites; there are a number of references to it in the Old Testament.

what does the phrase bull of bashan mean and where does it come from

The size and power of the cattle were especially impressive.

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