Barabbas

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Barabbas is a person from the Bible who lived around the time of Jesus (33 AD). He has a bad reputation for being a liar, thief, insurrectionist and zealot. He was released by Pontius Pilate the Roman governor of Judea[1] who presided over Jesus' trial.[2] The most notable thing about Barabbas is that this name was his surname (last name), but his first name was also Jesus. So when Pilate — who was warned by his wife to leave this Holy man alone —[3] offered to set free one of the prisoners, he was offering the crowd in Jerusalem two Jesuses to choose from: Jesus Barabbas or Jesus of Nazareth. Pilate released Barabbas and ordered Jesus,[4] "King of the Jews",[5] to be crucified.[6]

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  1. Matthew 27;2; Luke 3:1
  2. Matthew 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:1; John 18:28-38
  3. Matthew 27:19
  4. Matthew 27:26
  5. John 19:15,19-22
  6. Matthew 27:24; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:24,25; John 19:16,18