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.
British Dictionary definitions for Barabbas
Barabbas (bəˈræbəs)
 
n
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
Barabbas
biblical masc. proper name, Gk. Barabbas, from Aramaic barabba, "son of the father," or "son of the master." In Hebrew, it would be ben abh.
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Barabbas 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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