In the New Testament, the condemned thief whose release, instead of that of Jesus, was demanded of Pilate by the multitude.
(bible, person, proper) The prisoner whom the people wanted freed rather than Jesus: Matt. 27:16-21
Barabbas Sentence Examples
His further suggestion, therefore, that the ironical crowning of Jesus with the crown of thorns and the inscription over the Cross, together with the selection of Barabbas, had anything to do with the feast of Purim, must be rejected.
But the chief priests succeeded in making the people ask for Barabbas and demand the crucifixion of Jesus.