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Barabbas

[buh-rab-uh s] /bəˈræb əs/
noun
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for bar-abbas

Barabbas

/bəˈræbəs/
noun
1.
(New Testament) a condemned robber who was released at the Passover instead of Jesus (Matthew 27:16)
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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.

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bar-abbas in the Bible

i.e., 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 (John 18:40; Mark 15:7; Luke 23:19). But the Jews were so bent on the death of Jesus that they demanded that Barabbas should be pardoned (Matt. 27:16-26; Acts 3:14). This Pilate did.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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