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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Barabbas is a biblical character, a criminal released by Pontius Pilate instead of Jesus.


Barabas may refer to:

Barrabas may mean:

Other uses of "Barabbas"

  • Barabbas (1928): Play by avant-garde Belgian dramatist Michel De Ghelderode.
  • Barabbas (1950): A novel by Swedish author Pär Lagerkvist for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1951.
  • Barabbas (1962): Epic film starring Anthony Quinn, based on Lagerkvist's book.
  • Monty Python's film Life of Brian (1979) features a comic scene with Pontius Pilate having a speech impediment, and asking the crowd if they want him, instead of "Bwian", to "Welease... Woger".
  • Isabel Allende's novel House of the Spirits (1982) features the family dog named Barabbas.
  • Barabbas (1999 - 2003): Orlando, Florida progressive rock trio.
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004): In this controversial film, written, produced and directed by Mel Gibson, Barabbas is described by Pontius Pilate as a "notorious murderer," for which there is little evidence in text. Matthew 27:16 describes Barabbas simply as "notorious," and Luke 23: 19 even implies that his crimes may have been political (noting that he "had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)". He is further portrayed as mad, for which there is no textual evidence whatsoever. Collectively, these editorial choices on the part of the film maker have the net effect of making Barabbas' release more craven than text would support.
  • The Jewish main character of Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta is named "Barabas", a reference to the biblical character.


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