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#1 - What is the meaning and significance of the name Bar Abbas, "son of the father"?

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Question/insight #1: Is "Bar Abbas" having a meaning "the son of the father" or is it something else? Do you suppose in Aramaic Christ Jesus might have been "Bar Abba" the son of the father? How odd. What could this mean? (10/22/97)

Answer #1: Pierson Parker, in The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1962, page 353) writes,

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