Rabbi

“Rabbi” is a Hebrew word that has been transliterated into several languages including biblical Aramaic and Greek and English. The word means “my great one.” The rabbis were the Jewish religious teachers who began functioning in the two centuries before Jesus (Yeshua‘).

Jesus was called “Rabbi” on many occasions by His followers and others. The Jewish leaders objected, because according to their custom, rabbis were appointed through the laying on of hands by more experienced rabbis. They did not understand where Jesus’ authority to teach came from.

Rabbi, a title of Jesus pictured in the Greek text of Matt. 26:25.

Rabbi, a title of Jesus in the Greek text of Matt. 26:25.

Rabbi in Greek:

Rhabbi

Strong’s Concordance number: 4461

Bible references: Matt. 26:25, 49; Mark 9:5; 11:21; 14:45; John 1:38, 49; 3:2, 26; 4:31; 6:25; 9:2; 11:8

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5 NIV)

In most places, KJV translates rhabbi as “master.”

Jesus was called Rabboni, the Aramaic word for a rabbi. Pictured here in the Greek form in Mark 10:51.

Rabboni is the Aramaic word for a rabbi, Here in the Greek form in Mark 10:51.

Rhabbouni

Strong’s Concordance number: 4462

Bible references: Mark 10:51; John 20:16

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). (John 20:16 NIV)

The equivalent English title is “teacher” (as John explains) or “leader/guide.” KJV has “Lord” in Mark 10:51.

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