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The following was sent to me by a Muslim brother who requested to remain anonymous, may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.
Jesus Barabbas and Jesus the Nazorean:
Before the attested crucifixion of Jesus, the Roman governor Pilate gave the Jewish people a choice between releasing two characters, the first one was Barabbas, and the second was Jesus who is called the Messiah or the king of Jews. However, early Greece manuscripts of the Matthew Gospel mention the first name of Barabbas; the name is also Jesus.
New American Bible:
16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called (Jesus) Barabbas.
17 So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, "Which one do you want me to release to you, (Jesus) Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?"
We notice how the name "Jesus" is bracketed, the reason they do that is for the uncertainty of the reading itself as the NAB theologians claim. However, they also mention that the omission was probably done to remove the confusion; such an omission could only be explained for such reasons.
Anyway, there is no reason to dismiss the name Jesus Barabbas for just not existing in some early manuscripts, the reason for such omission in the first place is rather obvious, and those readings that contained the name "Jesus Barabbas" are rather more probable. Also, the reader should be aware of the fact that the name "Barabbas" means "son of Father".
In addition, the Word "Messiah" simply means anointed, such a title was also given to other characters in the Bible, such as the pagan emperor of Persia Cyrus.
We will elaborate more on those ideas in this article as we advance.
The lie of crucifixion according to several Disciples' writings.
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