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Barabbas In the New Testament, convicted criminal or terrorist who was in prison at the time of Jesus Christ's trial before Pontius Pilate. In accordance with a Passover custom, Pilate offered to release a prisoner. The Jerusalem mob, given the choice of which prisoner should be allowed to go free, nominated Barabbas and called for Christ to be crucified (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18).

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Barabbas

Barabbas (bərăb´əs) [Aram.,=son of the father], bandit held in jail at the time of Jesus' arrest. Pontius Pilate, who, according to the Gospels, annually released a prisoner at Passover, offered to release Jesus, but the people demanded his death and Barabbas' delivery.

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Barabbas

Barabbas the prisoner released by Pilate to the crowd instead of Jesus. In allusive terms Barabbas's name is used to convey the sense of evil being chosen over good.

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