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Greek: ῥαββί —transliteration: rhabbi

Meaning: my master; my teacher (an official title of respect for a spiritual teacher-scholar); My great one, my honorable sir

Derived from the Hebrew word רב‎ —transliteration: rav‎ —literally means “great one” or “master”

This ia a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors of the law and their distinguished teachers. However, the occupation of Rabbi never appears in the Old Testament scriptures.

John the Baptist was addressed as Rabbi (John 3:26). So was Jesus Christ—by His disciples (Matthew 26:25; 26:49; Matt. 23:7-8; Mark 9:5; 11:21; John 1:38, 1:49) and by others (John 3:2; 6:25).