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In Bible versions:

Rabbouni: NRSV
a title given to teachers and others of an exalted position

my master ( --> same as Rabboni)
my master ( --> same as Rabbi)

NET Glossary: (in Hebrew, "my master") used in biblical times as a term of address by Jews for a teacher or religious leader (used today to refer to the official leader of a Jewish congregation)


Strongs #4461: rabbi rhabbi

1) my great one, my honourable sir
2) Rabbi, a title used by the Jews to address their teachers (and also
honour them when not addressing them)

4461 rhabbi hrab-bee'

of Hebrew origin (7227 with pronominal suffix); my master, i.e Rabbi,
as an official title of honor:-Master, Rabbi.
see HEBREW for 07227

Strongs #4462: rabboni rhabboni or rabbouni rhabbouni

1) master, chief, prince
2) Rabboni is a title of honour Mary used to address Jesus

4462 rhabboni hrab-bon-ee', or rhabbouni hrab-boo-nee'

of Chaldee origin; corresponding to 4461:-Lord, Rabboni.
see GREEK for 4461

Rabbi [EBD]

my master, a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors of the law and their distinguished teachers. It is sometimes applied to Christ (Matt. 23:7, 8; Mark 9:5 (R.V.); John 1:38, 49; 3:2; 6:25, etc.); also to John (3:26).

Rabboni [EBD]

(id.) occurs only twice in the New Testament (Mark 10:51, A.V., "Lord," R.V., "Rabboni;" John 20:16). It was the most honourable of all the titles.

Rabbi [NAVE]

The title of a teacher, Matt. 23:7, 8; John 3:2.
Ostentatiously used by the Pharisees, Matt. 23:7.
Used in addressing John, John 3:26; in addressing Jesus, Matt. 26:25, 49; Mark 9:5; 11:21; 14:45; John 1:38, 49; 3:2; 4:31; 6:25; 9:2; 11:8.
Jesus called Rabboni, Mark 10:51; John 20:16.
Forbidden by Jesus as a title to his disciples, Matt. 23:8.

Rabboni [NAVE]

Mark 10:51; John 20:16 See: Rabbi.


a title of respect signifying master, teacher , given by the Jews to their doctors and teachers, and often addressed to our Lord. (Matthew 23:7,8; 26:25,49; Mark 9:6; 11:21; 14:45; John 1:38,49; 3:2,26; 4:31; 6:25; 9:2; 11:8) Another form of the title was Rabboni. (John 20:16) The titles were used with different degrees of honor; the lowest being rab, master then rabbi, my master ; next rabban, our master ; and greatest of all, Rabboni, my great master .


(John 30:18) [RABBI]


RABBI - rab'-i, rab'-i (rabbi; rhabbi, or rhabbei): A term used by the Jews of their religious teachers as a title of respect, from rabh, "great," so "my great one" (compare Latin magister), once of masters of slaves, but later of teachers (Mt 23:7); therefore translated by didaskalos, "teacher" (Mt 23:8; Jn 1:38; compare 1:49). In the King James Version frequently rendered "Master" (Mt 26:25,49; Mk 9:5; 11:21; 14:45; Jn 4:31; 9:2; 11:8). John the Baptist (Jn 3:26), as well as Christ, is addressed with the title (Jn 1:49; 6:25), both by disciples and others. Jesus forbade its use among His followers (Mt 23:8). Later (Galilean) form of same, RABBONI (which see).

See TALMUD for Rabbinical literature.

Edward Bagby Pollard


RABBONI - rab-o'-ni, rab-o'-ni (rhabboni, "my great master" (Mk 10:51); rhabbouni (Westcott-Hort rhabbounei), (Jn 20:16)).of agoraios (literally, "lounger in the market place"), in Acts 17:5, where it replaces "baser sort" of the King James Version. It has the common meaning of an unruly, lawless set who are ready to join a mob.


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