Barabbas the Brigand - rap

By Sheila Hamil


A bible reading set to "rap" music. It can be done solo or with a small group, and accompanied by a keyboard's special effects.



(Lines which are underlined are spoken by Pilate, Jesus or the crowd. Remaining lines are spoken by the Narrator.)


So Pilate went back to the Praetorian,

And he said to his men, "Tell Jesus to Come"!

And he asked him straight was he King of the Jews,

And Jesus replied, "Do you have any clues?

Do you ask me this of your own accord?

Have others spoken to you?

Do they call me Lord"?

Pilate is shocked, and said, "Am I a Jew?

This is MY question and I'm talking to you!

Your people disown you now, what've you done"?

"My kingdom's not here, it's a kingdom to come"!


So you are a King"! said Pilate to him.

"Yes, yes, Jesus said, Yes I am a King

I came into the world the truth to bring,

And I've spoken the truth in my witnessing"

Pilate turned to the crowd and said "Here is your King,

And I'd like to say, I find no case against him,

Now it is the custom and it's yours, not mine,

To release one prisoner at the Passover time"!

"Which one of these men should I give to you,

Barabbas the brigand…. Or the King of the Jews"?


Let the king of the Jews be sent to the tree

Barabbas the Brigand is the one to free!

Give us Barabbas, and we won't make a fuss.

Barabbas the Brigand is the one for us!

Barabbas the Brigand is the one for us!



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These dramas are intended for use in churches, youth clubs and schools and can be photocopied, but they are to be used in no way for personal gain, as I have made them available for you and am gaining nothing myself. It is my wish that anyone making profit from them in any way, should direct those profits to Christian Aid or some other recognised charity. More scripts can be found at my web site,