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ContributorContrib.Lucille on 6/11/2013
Meaning & History
Hellenized form of bar-Abbâ
, which means "son of Abba
" in Aramaic, derived from Aramaic bar
meaning "son" combined with the Aramaic given name Abba
. Since the name Abba means "father" in Aramaic, the literal meaning of the entire name would be "son of the father". In the Bible, Barabbas was a prisoner who was freed instead of Jesus Christ by Pontius Pilate during the Passover feast in Jerusalem.