Funny what happens on the way to do your daily blog reading! Turns out Jesus’ use of the Aramaic Abba is closer to “Father” than to “Daddy.“
I learn this from the blog Language Hat and its post today “Abba Is Not Daddy”. Turns out the origin of the idea that Abba=Daddy came from Lutheran theologian and biblical scholar Joachim Jeremias, but was debunked by British biblical scholar whose philological work demonstrated that Abba denoted in Jesus mouth “a mature relationship of adult, rather than childish, affection.”
OK, so not Daddy; just Dad.