American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- In the New Testament, the condemned thief whose release, instead of that of Jesus, was demanded of Pilate by the multitude.
“Some have further seen an impressive coincidence in the name Barabbas, interpreting it”
“And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder.”
“On that day there lay in durance, awaiting execution, "a notable prisoner, called Barabbas," who had been found guilty of sedition, in that he had incited the people to insurrection, and had committed murder.”
“Pilate hoped that they would ask for Jesus, and determined to give them to choose between him and a criminal called Barabbas, who had been convicted of a dreadful murder committed during a sedition, as also of many other crimes, and was, moreover, detested by the people.”
“[15: 7] And there was a man called Barabbas, bound with the insurgents, who had committed murder in a sedition.”
“Hilary: At the desire of the Priests the populace chose Barabbas, which is interpreted ` the son of a Father, 'thus shadowing forth the unbelief to come when Antichrist the son of sin should be preferred to Christ.”
“Two were nominated, Joseph called Barabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias.”
“Nor are there any records of a prisoner called Barabbas ...”
“There he filmed such epics as " Barabbas, " which employed 175 English-speaking actors and an estimated 8,000 extras.”
“By the early 1960s, Mr. De Laurentiis had started a sprawling studio near Rome, Dinocitta Dino City, and made distribution arrangements with U.S. studios to help finance such historical spectacles as "Barabbas" and John Huston's $15 million Old Testament drama "The Bible" with George C. Scott, Richard Harris and Ava Gardner.”
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Words in the Bible evoking biblical stories or with special spiritual meaning. Proper names have been reduced to the minimum.
Capitalized words with only one of the vowels, with that vowel used at least three times. See also Monovocalics.
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