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abba

This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated “father.” It is a term expressing warm affection and confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language.

It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, “abbot.”

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