From ‚abba’ to ‚almsgiving’. A dictionary of theological terms.

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abba Aramaic term for “father,” used by Jesus in addressing God and connoting intimacy (Mark 14:36; cf. Rom. 8:15–16; Gal. 4:6).  abbess (Lat. abbatissa, feminine form of abbas, “abbot”) Female superior who oversees a nunnery. abbey (Lat. abbatia, from abbas, “abbot”) A monastery or nunnery that houses a society of persons who are separated from …