In Hades, hearing the start of Bloom's story of how Reuben J. Dodd's son attempted suicide as the two men walked along the quays, Simon Dedalus jumps to the false conclusion that the son "tried to drown" his father, and he erupts in hatred of the supposedly Jewish moneylender: "— Drown Barabbas! Mr Dedalus cried. I wish to Christ he did!" In Wandering Rocks Ben Dollard uses the same name for Dodd. The slur probably derives from the man of that name in the Bible, but Joyce may also be alluding to Christopher Marlowe's play The Jew of Malta.

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Illustration of Barabbas being freed in Charles Horne and Julius Brewer's The Bible and its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons (1910), vol. 9. Source: Wikimedia Commons.