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This Aramaic word is found 3 times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek near equivalent, which is translated “father.” It is a term expressing warm affection and confidence, with no perfect equivalent in English. The word “Daddy” perhaps comes the closest.
The word passed into European languages as the ecclesiastical term “abbot.”
Article Version: August 10, 2017