Barabbas

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Meaning: son of Abba or of a father

A notorious robber whom Pilate proposed to condemn to death instead of Jesus, whom he wished to release, in accordance with the Roman custom (Jn 18:40; Mk 15:7; Lk 23:19). But the Jews were so bent on the death of Jesus that they demanded that Barabbas should be pardoned (Mt 27:16; Acts 3:14). This Pilate did.



This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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