Father; religious superior; -- in the Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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abba \ab"ba\ (ăb"b&adot;), n. [syriac abbā father. see abbot.] father; religious superior; -- in the syriac, coptic, and ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch.
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This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated "father." It is a term expressing warm affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language. It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, "abbot."
Smith's Bible Dictionary
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith.
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About
Abba 'abba' (Chaldean) [cf Hebrew 'ab, Syrian abba or abbo] Father, origin, source, transliterated in the Greek text (Mark 14:36) as 'Abba. The phrase "Abba Father" has become a title of invocation to the first person of the Trinity; in Coptic and Syriac churches, Abba (father or master) is a title of the patriarch of bishops. In the Qabbalah, 'Abba is the original principle symbolized by Kether (the Crown).