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St. Barnabas

I Century
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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