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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Rabbi. 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; Matthew 26:25; Matthew 26:49; Mark 9:6; Mark 11:21; Mark 14:45; John 1:38; John 1:49; John 3:2; John 3:26; John 4:31; John 6:25; John 9:2; John 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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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Rabbi'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/r/rabbi.html. 1901.