- a condemned criminal pardoned by Pilate in order to appease the mob, which demanded that he be freed instead of Jesus. Mark 15:6–11; John 18:40.
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Examples from the Web for barabbas
The name of Barabbas is worth looking at closely, as it makes the story more challenging as well puzzling.
In fact, the story of Barabbas is more interesting and complicated than most preachers seem willing to acknowledge.
Barabbas has stolen his name and taken his cross as a standard.Preface to Androcles and the Lion
George Bernard Shaw
But the people were unanimous in their demand for the release of Barabbas.The Real Jesus of the Four Gospels
J. B. Atwater
The early association of Barabbas and books will be noticed.The Book Lovers' Anthology
But because his kingdom was not of this world they cried: "Not this man, but Barabbas!"Religious Studies, Sketches and Poems
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The first of the subject-notes in the last of the volumes deals with Barabbas.The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men"
Minnie L. Carpenter
- New Testament a condemned robber who was released at the Passover instead of Jesus (Matthew 27:16)
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Word Origin and History for barabbas
biblical masc. proper name, Greek Barabbas, from Aramaic barabba, "son of the father," or "son of the master." In Hebrew, it would be ben abh.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper