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Barabbas (; Biblical Greek: Bαραββᾶς, romanized: Barabbās) was, according to the New Testament, a prisoner who was chosen over Jesus by the crowd in Jerusalem to be pardoned and released by Roman governor Pontius Pilate at the Passover feast.Barabbas is a very important person in the Passion Jesus Christ on Holy Friday. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Barabbas has received more than 2,040,952 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Barabbas is the 333rd most popular religious figure (down from 289th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Israel (up from 52nd in 2019) and the 28th 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 333 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Martin I, Sabbatai Zevi, Pope Nicholas IV, Pope Damasus II, Ephrem the Syrian, and James, son of Alphaeus. After him are Philip Neri, Pope Eugene I, Pope Benedict I, Pope Eutychian, Pope Adeodatus II, and Simeon Stylites.

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Among people born in 1, Barabbas ranks 8Before him are James, son of Zebedee, Thomas the Apostle, Simon the Zealot, Barnabas, Pope Linus, and Pope Anacletus. After him are Thomas Bangalter, Silas, Onesimus, Vologases I of Parthia, Shimon bar Yochai, and Locusta. Among people deceased in 100, Barabbas ranks 15Before him are Salome, Zechariah, John the Evangelist, Zacchaeus, Caiaphas, and Longinus. After him are Dionysius the Areopagite, Herodias, Thecla, Salome, Apollonius of Tyana, and Simon of Cyrene.

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Among people born in Israel, Barabbas ranks 50 out of 430Before him are Jeroboam (-1000), Josiah (-648), Daniel Kahneman (1934), Judas Maccabeus (-200), Amos Oz (1939), and James, son of Alphaeus (-10). After him are Herodias (-100), Amin al-Husseini (1895), Micah (-737), Dinah (-1700), Joel (-1), and Nehemiah (-490).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Barabbas ranks 28Before him are Salome (14), Simon the Zealot (1), Joachim (-100), Joseph of Arimathea (100), Judas Maccabeus (-200), and James, son of Alphaeus (-10). After him are Micah (-737), Joel (-1), Nehemiah (-490), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Annas (-22), and Simeon (null).