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Why was Jesus called ‘Rabbi’?

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

Jesus’ names and titles in the Bible range from ‘Prince of Peace’ to ‘Immanuel’ but to those who knew him best he was simply ‘Rabbi’.

In the gospels the disciples repeatedly refer to Jesus as ‘Rabbi’, which is an Aramaic word meaning ‘teacher’ or ‘master’.

Orthodox Jews take part in the Tashlich prayer, a Rosh Hashanah ritual, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, in the southern city of Ashdod. During the prayer, bread crumbs are tossed into the waters to symbolically cast away sins.Reuters

To understand why Jesus was called this we must first remember that Jesus was a Jew. ‘Christianity’, of course, did not exist until after Jesus’ death and for those watching Jesus travelling, preaching and teaching, he was much like their Rabbis who taught the scriptures each week in synagogues.

One teaching technique common among Rabbis which appears in the gospels is the question and answer.

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