a title of respect signifying master, teacher , given by the Jews to their doctors and teachers, and often addressed to our Lord. ( Matthew 23:7 Matthew 23:8 ; Matthew 26:25 Matthew 26:49 ; Mark 9:6 ; 11:21 ; 14:45 ; John 1:38 John 1:49 ; John 3:2 John 3:26 ; 4:31 ; 6:25 ; 9:2 ; 11:8 ) Another form of the title was Rabboni. ( John 20:16 ) The titles were used with different degrees of honor; the lowest being rab, master then rabbi, my master ; next rabban, our master ; and greatest of all, Rabboni, my great master .
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Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Rabbi'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".