[b-hebrew] Aramaic - Abba

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Fri Jul 22 05:40:21 EDT 2005

Hi David,

In Aramaic, Abba means "father". The Hebrew equivilant is Ab (pronounced
Av). However since talmudic times, Jews have been using Abba as something
like "dad", and still do today.

The same, BTW, for Em (mother) and Ima (mom/mommy), Sav and Sabba
(grandfather vs. granddad). Savta (grandmother) is pronounced the same in
Hebrew and Aramaic and so is used for both "grandmother" and "grandma".


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Gray" <david_gray at sil.org>
To: "'Yigal Levin'" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 10:11 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Aramaic - Abba

> Can anyone tell me what 'Abba' means? Is it closer to 'Father', 'Dad' or
> [DG]
> David Gray

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