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Prisoner held by Pilate at the same time as Jesus. Released after the crowd calls for his freedom and Jesus’ crucifixion.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BARABBAS (PERSON) [Gk Barabbas (Βαραββας)]. The name “Barabbas” occurs in all four Gospels for the criminal chosen by the crowd—at the prompting of the priests, in preference to Jesus Christ—for Pilate to release on the feast of the Passover. His name does not occur elsewhere in the NT, and there is
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Barabbas bä-rabʹəs [GK. Barabbas < Aram bar’abbā’—‘son of the father’ or (Harclean Syr.) bar-rabban—‘son of the teacher’]. Origen knew and did not absolutely reject a reading of Mt. 27:16f giving the name “Jesus Barabbas,” but although it also occurs here in a few other witnesses, it is probably due
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BARABBAS Criminal who was released instead of Jesus. All four Gospel writers took note of that event (Mt 27:15–26; Mk 15:6–15; Lk 23:18–25; Jn 18:39–40), as did the apostle Peter in his temple sermon (Acts 3:14).Barabbas was a bandit and/or revolutionary (Jn 18:40) who had been imprisoned for committing
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Barabbas (buh-rab´uhs; Heb., “son of abba [father]”), a person mentioned in the Gospels as being released from prison in lieu of Jesus (Matt. 27:15–23; Mark 15:6–14; Luke 23:18–23; John 18:38–40). He is identified as a bandit (John 18:40), “a notorious prisoner” (Matt. 27:16), and as being among a group
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BARABBAS. All four Gospels (Mt 27:16; Mk 15:15; Lk 23:18; Jn 18:40) mention this man who was released by Pilate in preference to Jesus. A notorious prisoner arrested for robbery, sedition, and a murder, he has become the source of many imaginative narrative describing what may have happened to him when
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BARABBAS. A bandit (Jn. 18:40), arrested for homicidal political terrorism (Mk. 15:7; Lk. 23:18f.). Mark’s language could indicate a well-known incident, and the epithet ‘notable’ (Mt. 27:16, av) some reputation as a species of hero. The priests, possibly taking up an initial demand from his supporters
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BARABBAS (Aramaic, “son of the father”) A notorious robber, revolutionary, and murderer mentioned in all four Gospels. When Pilate, following custom, offered to release one prisoner on the feast of the Passover, the people chose Barabbas, whose name means “son of the father,” over Christ, the Son of
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Barabbas. The ‘robber’ (λῃστής, Jn. 18:40) whom (according to Mk. 15:6–15 and parallels) *Pilate released from prison instead of Christ. It is possible (on the evidence of certain MSS), but unlikely, that his real name was ‘Jesus Barabbas’, Barabbas in that case being a patronymic.H. A. Rigg, ‘Barabbas’,
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