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John 20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" Turning around she said to Him in Hebrew, Rabboni! which means Teacher or Master.
According to Bible history, "Rabbi" meaning "My Master" where a man was bestowed the title from the laying-on of hands by the Sanhedrin. The man was placed on a "high" chair which was raised above the assembly and he was given a key and a scroll when the new title was spoken by a certain person. The key symbolized power and authority to teach others, and the scroll symbolised that he was fimiliar and devoted to his studies. He would wear the key as a token of greatness and it was with him. According to the Aruch (Talmudical lexicon) a "Rabbi" was one who has disciples, and whose disciples were prepared to raise up new disciples. This was the second greatest title among three.
"Rabbon" which meant "Great Master" or "Rabonni" meaning "My Great Master" was the greatest designation of all. It is properly pronounced (Rahbonee). Once the teacher had seen two generations of disciples he was referred to with this title, and also called by his own name so that he would not be forgotten.
It is interesting to note that men who had earned these titles were very highly respected, and Jesus was called by both.
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