🔼The name Barabbas: Summary
- Son Of The Father
- From (1) the noun בר (bar), son, and (2) the noun אב ('ab), father.
🔼The name Barabbas in the Bible
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🔼Etymology of the name Barabbas
The first part is the Chaldean or Aramaic word בר (bar), meaning son:
The Aramaic noun בר (bar) is cognate with the Hebrew noun בן (ben) and both mean "one of," i.e. one of a certain house, one of a certain profession, one of a certain country, and so on. These nouns are also the regular words for "son."
The second part of the name Barabbas comes from the Semitic word אב ('ab), basically meaning father:
The noun אב ('ab) means father, but describes primarily a social relationship rather than a biological one. That social fatherhood was the defining quality of the community's alpha male, the one around whom all economy revolved and from whom emanated all instructions by which the 'sons' (בן, ben) operated. It's unclear where this word אב ('ab) comes from but the verb abu means to decide.
The name Barabbas means Son Of The Father.