from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title of honor (of greater dignity than rabbi) given by the Jews to the patriarchs or presidents of the Sanhedrim—Gamaliel I., who was patriarch in Palestine about a. d. 30–50, being the first to whom it was applied.


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  • Sir Henry Yule (Marco Polo, II, 27) thinks that Olopen is only a Chinese form of rabban, a monk, while Prof. Hirth makes Olopen stand for Ruben, or Rupen.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The ascending scale of rab, rabbi, rabban, presented so many steps on the ladder of ambition.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • (John 20: 16) The titles were used with different degrees of honor; the lowest being rab, master then rabbi, my master; next rabban, our master; and greatest of all, Rabboni, my great master.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Edwin M. Cotton, chief rabban; James D. Wood, assistant rabban; Walter Gorman, high priest and prophet; Daniel Holland, Oriental guide; Larry J. Smith, treasurer; and John A. Firmes, recorder.


  • "We've been looking forward to this," Sgt. Raymond Rubio, a Galveston police officer and chief rabban of El Mina Shriners in Galveston, said.

    The Daily News - News

  • zt · December 12th, 2006 at 11:36 pm great post maybe the difference is that the cons mvmnt is letting people be on the outside what they are on the inside whereas rabban gamliel wanted to check that everyone was, on the inside, the way that they presented on the outside traditionally pious

    Flinging open the doors to our beit midrash: the potential for integrity and new beginnings in the Conservative movement | Jewschool

  • HERE for a complete Tehillim] and Mincha and know that your tefillos will join together with the tinokos shel beis rabban throughout the world.



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