Born Joseph on Cyprus, Barnabas (fl. I Century) was an early convert to
Christianity and an early missionary. Originally a Levite, he is thought
to have been a Hellenized Jew and to have been one of the Apostles of the
70(72). He is said to have been among the founders of the church in
Antioch in Pisidia. He introduced Paul to the apostles after his
conversion. The two travelled together until they quarreled about John
Mark's reliability. Barnabas attended the council at Jerusalem (49). He is
traditionally considered the founder of the Cypriot church and to have
been martyred at Salamis c. 61. Some say he founded the see of Milan.
Tertullian says that Barnabas, not Paul, wrote the epistle to the Hebrews,
and The Epistle of Barnabas is of unknown authorship.
Karen Rae Keck
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