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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How to use Barabbas in a sentence
The name of Barabbas is worth looking at closely, as it makes the story more challenging as well puzzling.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms | Jay Parini | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, the story of Barabbas is more interesting and complicated than most preachers seem willing to acknowledge.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms | Jay Parini | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You know we have a man named Barabbas in jail—he's the fellow that started a rebellion a little while ago.The King Nobody Wanted | Norman F. Langford
But because his kingdom was not of this world they cried: "Not this man, but Barabbas!"Religious Studies, Sketches and Poems | Harriet Beecher Stowe
Barabbas had assumed a listening attitude, and his eagle eyes stared out into the desert.
British Dictionary definitions for Barabbas
New Testament a condemned robber who was released at the Passover instead of Jesus (Matthew 27:16)
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