14 Facts About Barnabas


Barnabas, born Joseph or Joses, was according to tradition an early Christian, one of the prominent Christian disciples in Jerusalem.

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Barnabas' story appears in the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul mentions him in some of his epistles.

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The Epistle of Barnabas was ascribed to him by Clement of Alexandria and others in the early church and the epistle is included under his name in Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest extant manuscript of the complete New Testament.

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Barnabas is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Orthodox Church.

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Barnabas appears mainly in Acts, a history of the early Christian church.

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Barnabas found the work so extensive and weighty that he went to Tarsus in search of Paul, "an admirable colleague", to assist him.

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Barnabas wished to take John Mark along, but Paul did not, as he had left them on the earlier journey.

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Barnabas was still living and labouring as an Apostle in 56 or 57, when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, in which it is stated that he, too, like Paul, earned his own living.

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Barnabas's kinsman, John Mark, who was a spectator of this barbarous action, privately interred his body.

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Barnabas is considered a patron saint in many other places in the world, highlighting Milan in Italy.

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The question whether Barnabas was an apostle was often discussed during the Middle Ages.

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Barnabas is traditionally associated with the Epistle of Barnabas, although some modern scholars think it more likely that the epistle was written in Alexandria in the 130s.

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Barnabas's thought, hermeneutical methods, and style have many parallels throughout the known Jewish and Christian worlds.

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The reference to gall and vinegar in Barnabas 7:3,5 seems to preserve an early stage of tradition that influenced the formation of the passion narratives in the Gospel of Peter and the synoptic gospels.

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