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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature
Barab´bas, a person who had forfeited his life for sedition and murder (Mark 15:7; Luke 23:25). As a rebel, he was subject to the punishment laid down by the Roman law for such political offences; while, as a murderer, he could not escape death even by the civil code of the Jews. But the latter were so bent on the death of Jesus, that, of the two, they preferred pardoning this double criminal (Matthew 27:16-26; Mark 15:7-15; Luke 23:18-25; John 18:40).
Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Barabbas'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/b/barabbas.html.