rabban Ephrem was a handsome young monk, a refugee from Nisibis when that city was ceded to Persia.
Rab was an inferior title and rabban a superior one to Rabbi.
He was the first to whose name was prefixed the title rabban (Master, Teacher).
As bishop, Mar Shimun is of course a rabban also, and as such eats no meat.
We passed the night in the miserable village of rabban Audishio.
So rabban Ephrem settled down at Urfa, probably in one of the rock-cut cells in the hill fronting the castle.
rabban Gamaliel, however, endeavored to place himself above party, as the leader should.