Abba: This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament
(Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6) and in each case is followed by its Greek
equivalent, which is translated "father." It is a term expressing
warm affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in
our language. It has passed into European languages as an
ecclesiastical term, "abbot."