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RABBI . The transliteration of a Heb. word meaning my master. In Matthew 23:7 it is referred to as ‘the usual form of address with which the learned were greeted’ (Dalman, Words of Jesus , p. 331); in the following verse it is regarded as synonymous with ‘teacher.’ John the Baptist is once called ‘Rabbi’ by his disciples ( John 3:28 ). Elsewhere in the Gospels it is our Lord who is thus addressed: by His disciples ( Matthew 26:25 ; Matthew 26:49 , Mark 9:5 ; Mark 11:21 ; Mark 14:45 , John 1:38 ; John 1:49 ; John 4:31 ; John 9:2 ; John 11:8 ), by others ( John 3:2 ; John 6:25 ). Rabboni is the transliteration of the Pal.-Aram. [Note: Aramaic.] form of the word; it occurs twice, namely in Mark 10:51 and John 20:16 .

J. G. Tasker.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Rabbi'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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