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In the New Testament, the condemned thief whose release, instead of that of Jesus, was demanded of Pilate by the multitude.


(Bible) New Testament a condemned robber who was released at the Passover instead of Jesus (Matthew 27:16)


(bəˈræb əs)

the criminal pardoned instead of Jesus to appease the mob. Mark 15:6–11, John 18:40.
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To the devil and Barabbas with such books, that have brought to ruin in this way the finest understanding there was in all La Mancha
Barabbas was neither a robber nor a publisher, but a six-barred, barbed-wired, spike-topped Fence.
The Scarecrow, a scandalous song in the hands of the barnstorming Barabbas is given air to breathe and bleed through the strings and delicately ringing chimes of Bridie Jackson and the Arbour.
However Barabbas, the prisoner mentioned in all four gospels, was chosen by the crowd over Jesus, to be released by Pilate.
Synopsis: At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, "Offer to release Barabbas.
BARABBAS is part of an all-day film marathon for the two-time Oscar-winner Quinn that includes LOST COMMAND, BEHOLD A PALE HORSE with Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif, and REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT with Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney.
When they were not satisfied and demanded the release of Barabbas, he pronounced sentence.
Prior to the crucifixion, the Roman Procurator, Pontius Pilate, released the Judean terrorist Barabbas rather than the Jesus who had announced a radically different liberation (Luke 23:18).
In this context, the trial before the Sanhedrin, the questioning by Herod, the sentencing by Pilate and the crowd's choice of Barabbas over Jesus primarily serve as narrative redundancy, amplifying the masculine steadfastness of his choice.
From the sixth until the eleventh centuries, some images of Pilate are "revisionist"--they are based on older models but interject new readings into the prefect's role in the trial and Passion of Christ, while other images, particularly in the twelfth century, introduce totally new iconographies, such as Pilate and the titulus (201-04), Pilate asked to guard the sepulcher (208-10), the release of Barabbas (210-15) and the Ecce Homo (220-26).
s Taoist-inflected rereading of the familiar story, Peter, the Jewish leaders, Barabbas, and Pilate in the Gospel of John each variously illustrate the dangers of "something-doing," while Jesus as "the visible Tao" exemplifies the wisdom of the Tao by "doing nothing-doing.