Barabbas (Buh-rab´uhs; Heb., “son of Abba”)

A person imprisoned for being a bandit or perhaps for stirring up rebellion against Roman rule, who according to the Gospels was released from jail at the time Jesus was crucified (Matt 27:16; Mark 15:11; Luke 23:18; John 18:40).

Matt 27:16

16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas.

Mark 15:11

11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.

Luke 23:18

18Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!”

John 18:40

40They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit.

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