One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the New Testament) God as father.‘‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘all things are possible to you’’
- ‘We are all born to this Abba who takes us in regardless of our birthright, race, gender, language, or social status.’
- ‘But now only God is to be addressed as abba, stripping the legitimation from existing patriarchal institutions and implicitly undermining all relationships of domination.’
- ‘God lavishes his love on us, and that love is experienced in a Father-child relationship, when the Holy Spirit within us responds, ‘Abba, Father’.’
- ‘The most important thing is the presence of God with us, and loving this Abba as we are first loved.’
- 1.1 (in the Syrian Orthodox and Coptic Churches) a title given to bishops and patriarchs.
- ‘Known as the Atang, the Keeper of the Ark, Abba Mekonen is bone thin with a shy smile.’
2abbaIndian Father (often as a familiar form of address in Muslim families).
- ‘Abba gathered the family over lunch as he did every time he had something important to talk about.’
- ‘When her father asked if she would like to see a photograph of the man she would marry, Nazneen replied, ‘Abba, it is good that you have chosen my husband. I hope I can be a good wife, like Amma’.’
- ‘Great respect is shown the father or abba, and mother, amma.’
Via Greek from Aramaic 'abbā ‘father’; sense 2 is from Urdu abbā, from Arabic ab.
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