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Easton's Bible Dictionary


my master, a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors of the law and their distinguished teachers. It is sometimes applied to Christ (Mat 23:7,8; Mar 9:5 [R.V.]; Jhn 1:38,49; 3:2; 6:25, etc.); also to John (Jhn 3:26).

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary


Rabboni, my master

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


rab'-i, rab'-i (rabbi; rhabbi, or rhabbei): A term used by the Jews of their religious teachers as a title of respect, from rabh, "great," so "my great one" (compare Latin magister), once of masters of slaves, but later of teachers (Mt 23:7); therefore translated by didaskalos, "teacher" (Mt 23:8; Joh 1:38; compare Joh 1:49). In the King James Version frequently rendered "Master" (Mt 26:25,49; Mr 9:5; 11:21; 14:45; Joh 4:31; 9:2; 11:8). John the Baptist (Joh 3:26), as well as Christ, is addressed with the title (Joh 1:49; 6:25), both by disciples and others. Jesus forbade its use among His followers (Mt 23:8). Later (Galilean) form of same, RABBONI (which  see).

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King James Dictionary

Rabbi: Teacher; Master.

And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, RABBI, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. (John 1:37-39)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4461 Greek: rabbei | rabbi


from a word rab, primarily denoting "master" in contrast to a slave; this with the added pronominal suffix signified "my master" and was a title of respect by which teachers were addressed. The suffix soon lost its specific force, and in the NT the word is used as courteous title of address. It is applied to Christ in Mat 26:25, 49; Mar 9:5; 11:21; 14:45; Jhn 1:38 (where it is interpreted as didaskalos, "master," marg., "teacher" (see also "Rabboni" in Jhn 20:16); Jhn 1:49; 3:2; 4:31; 6:25; 9:2; 11:8; to John the Baptist in Jhn 3:26. In Mat 23:7, 8 Christ forbids his disciples to covet or use it. In the latter verse it is again explained as didaskalos, "master" (some mss. have kathegetes, "a guide").

Smith's Bible Dictionary


a title of respect signifying master, teacher, given by the Jews to their doctors and teachers, and often addressed to our Lord (Matthew 23:7-8; 26:25; 26:49; Mark 9:6; 11:21; 14:45; John 1:38; 1:49; 3:2; 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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