A preacher urging voter turnout invoked the biblical tale of Jesus and Barabbas.
This was a reference to Barabbas, the prisoner whom the crowd chose to be released in the New Testament in place of Jesus.
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 contains the Aramaic word abba—which simply means “father.”
"Dismas, there's someone," whispered Barabbas, grasping the handle of his weapon.
But the people were unanimous in their demand for the release of Barabbas.
Barabbas knew the band cared much more for Dismas than for himself, and he did not wish matters to come to a climax.
The early association of Barabbas and books will be noticed.
The famous band of the chiefs, Barabbas and Dismas—so it was said—were not the worst.
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.
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.