Rabbi, Rabbouni

Rabbi, Rabbouni (Rab´i, ra-booh´ni; Heb., “my great one”)

A title that took on a meaning of general respect, sometimes with the specific meaning “my teacher.” Some early uses of the term in the OT mean simply “chief” or “officer” (2Kgs 18:17; 2Kgs 25:8). By the NT period, however, the term is used in the more specific sense; it is used in direct address of Jesus as a person of respect or teacher (“Rabbi,” Mark 9:5; Mark 11:21; Mark 14:45; John 1:38; “Rabbouni,” Mark 10:51; John 20:16). In Matthew, only Judas calls Jesus “Rabbi” (Matt 26:25, Matt 26:49), and the other disciples address him as “Lord” (Matt 8:21, Matt 8:25, Matt 14:28, Matt 14:30, Matt 18:21, cf. Matt 23:7-8). Apart from Matthew, Mark, and John, no NT document uses “Rabbi.”

2Kgs 18:17

17The king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up and came to Je ... View more

2Kgs 25:8

8In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month—which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyg ... View more

Mark 9:5

5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Mark 11:21

21Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”

Mark 14:45

45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.

John 1:38

38When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are ... View more

Mark 10:51

51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.”

John 20:16

16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

Matt 26:25

25Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

Matt 26:49

49At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Matt 8:21

21Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Matt 8:25

25And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

Matt 14:28

28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

Matt 14:30

30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Matt 18:21

21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”

Matt 23:7-8

7and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi.8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you a ... View more

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