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The meaning of Abba in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

ab'-a (abba, 'abba', Hebraic-Chaldaic, "Father"): In Jewish and old-Christian prayers, a name by which God was addressed, then in oriental churches a title of bishops and patriarchs. So Jesus addresses God in prayer (Matthew 11:25-26; Matthew 26:39, Matthew 26:42; Luke 10:21; Luke 22:42; Luke 23:34; John 11:41; John 12:27; John 17:24-25). In Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15, and Galatians 4:6 ho pater, is appended even in direct address, in an emphatic sense. Servants were not permitted to use the appellation in addressing the head of the house. See Delitzsch on Romans 8:15; compare G. Dalman, Gram. des jud.-palast. Aramaisch, etc., section 40, c. 3.

J. E. Harry


See more on the meaning of Abba in the Bible:
Abba {Easton's Bible Dictionary}
Abba {Hitchcock's Bible Name}

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