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Barabbas (; Aramaic: ישוע בר‎ Bar ʾAbbaʾ, literally "son of the father" or "son of the teacher"), also called Jesus Barabbas (Aramaic: ישוע בר אבא‎ Yeshua Bar ʾAbbaʾ) in some manuscripts, is a figure mentioned in the New Testament, in which he is an insurrectionary held by the Roman governor at the same time as Jesus, and whom Pontius Pilate freed at the Passover feast in Jerusalem, while keeping Jesus as a prisoner. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Barabbas has received more than 1,729,696 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Barabbas is the 290th most popular religious figure (down from 236th in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Israel (down from 49th in 2019) and the 34th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Barabbas is most famous for being the prisoner who was released instead of Jesus in the New Testament.

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Among religious figures, Barabbas ranks 290 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Innocent IV, Pope Boniface I, Pope Benedict II, Ephrem the Syrian, Moses in Islam, and Rebecca. After him are Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Saint Ursula, Al-Tirmidhi, Pope John XV, Matteo Ricci, and Pope Gregory V.

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Among people born in 1, Barabbas ranks 10Before him are Simon the Zealot, Barnabas, Saint Matthias, Pope Linus, Saint Veronica, and Pope Anacletus. After him are Thomas Bangalter, Silas, Onesimus, Locusta, Vologases I of Parthia, and Shimon bar Yochai. Among people deceased in 100, Barabbas ranks 16Before him are Elizabeth, John the Evangelist, Caiaphas, Longinus, Herodias, and Simon of Cyrene. After him are Zacchaeus, Apollonius of Tyana, Dionysius the Areopagite, Saint Sarah, Salome, and Pontius Pilate's wife.

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Among people born in Israel, Barabbas ranks 53 out of 389Before him are Procopius (500), Saint Veronica (1), Hezekiah (-800), Judas Maccabeus (-200), Herodias (-100), and Amos Oz (1939). After him are Jeroboam (-1000), Penitent thief (-18), Daniel Kahneman (1934), Josiah (-648), Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), and Rehoboam (-972).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Barabbas ranks 34Before him are Jeremiah (-650), Joseph of Arimathea (100), Joachim (-100), Saint Matthias (1), Saint Veronica (1), and Judas Maccabeus (-200). After him are Penitent thief (-18), Rabbi Akiva (50), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Micah (-737), James, son of Alphaeus (-10), and Annas (-22).