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    Barnabas in Easton's Bible Dictionary son of consolation, the surname of Joses, a Levite (Acts 4:36). His name stands first on the list of prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch (13:1). Luke speaks of him as a "good man" (11:24). He was born of Jewish parents of the tribe of Levi. He was a native of Cyprus, where he had a possession of land (Acts 4:36, 37), which he sold. His personal appearance is supposed to have been dignified and commanding (Acts 14:11, 12). When Paul returned to Jerusalem after his conversion, Barnabas took him and introduced him to the apostles (9:27). They had probably been companions as students in the school of Gamaliel. The prosperity of the church at Antioch led the apostles and brethren at Jerusalem to send Barnabas thither to superintend the movement. He found the work so extensive and weighty that he went to Tarsus in search of Saul to assist him. Saul returned with him to Antioch and laboured with him for a whole year (Acts 11:25, 26). The two were at the end of this period sent up to Jerusalem with the contributions the church at Antioch had made for the poorer brethren there (11:28-30). Shortly after they returned, bringing John Mark with them, they were appointed as missionaries to the heathen world, and in this capacity visited Cyprus and some of the principal cities of Asia Minor (Acts 13:14). Returning from this first missionary journey to Antioch, they were again sent up to Jerusalem to consult with the church there regarding the relation of Gentiles to the church (Acts 15:2: Gal. 2:1). This matter having been settled, they returned again to Antioch, bringing the decree of the council as the rule by which Gentiles were to be admitted into the church. When about to set forth on a second missionary journey, a dispute arose between Saul and Barnabas as to the propriety of taking John Mark with them again. The dispute ended by Saul and Barnabas taking separate routes. Saul took Silas as his companion, and journeyed through Syria and Cilicia; while Barnabas took his nephew John Mark, and visited Cyprus (Acts 15:36-41). Barnabas is not again mentioned by Luke in the Acts.

    Barnabas in Fausset's Bible Dictionary ("son of prophecy, or exhortation and consolation.") The surname given by the apostles to Joses or Joseph (as the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, and Alexandrinus manuscripts read), a Levite, settled in Cyprus (Acts 4:36). As a Christian, he brought the price of his field and laid it as a contribution at the apostles' feet. It was he who took Saul after his conversion, when the other disciples were afraid of him, and "brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way," etc., and had "preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus" (Acts 9:27). The book of Acts does not tell us why Barnabas knew Saul better than the rest. But the pagan writer Cicero (Epist. Familiar., 1:7) informs us that Cyprus (Barnabas' country) was generally annexed so as to form one province with Cilicia (Paul's country, of which Tarsus, his native city, was capital)...

    Barnabas in Hitchcock's Bible Names son of the prophet

    Barnabas in Naves Topical Bible Also called JOSES -A prophet Ac 13:1 -An apostle Ac 14:14 -A Levite who gave his possessions to be owned in common with other disciples Ac 4:36,37 -Brings him to the apostles Ac 9:25-27 -Accompanies Paul to Jerusalem Ac 11:30 -Returns with Paul to Antioch (of Syria) Ac 12:25 -Goes with Paul to Seleucia Ac 13 -Goes with Paul to Iconium Ac 14:1-7 -Called Jupiter (Zeus) Ac 14:12-18 -Goes to Derbe Ac 14:20 -Is sent as an emissary to Jerusalem Ac 15; Ga 2:1-9 -Disaffected toward Paul Ac 15:36-39 -Is reconciled to Paul 1Co 9:6 -Piety of Ac 11:24 -Devotion of, to Jesus Ac 15:26

    Barnabas in Smiths Bible Dictionary (son of consolation or comfort) a name given by the apostles, Ac 4:36 to Joseph (or Jose), a Levite of the island of Cyprus, who was early a disciple of Christ. In Ac 9:27 we find him introducing the newly-converted Saul to the apostles at Jerusalem. Barnabas was sent to Jerusalem, Ac 11:19-26 and went to Tarsus to seek Saul, as one specially raised up to preach to the Gentiles. Ac 26:17 He brought him to Antioch, and was sent with him to Jerusalem. Ac 11:30 On their return, they were ordained by the church for the missionary work, Ac 13:2 and sent forth (A.D. 45). From this time Barnabas and Paul enjoy the title and dignity of apostles. Their first missionary journey is related in Ac 13:14 Returning to Antioch (A.D. 47 or 48), they were sent (A.D. 50), with some others, to Jerusalem. Ac 15:1,36 Afterwards they parted and Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus, his native island. Here the Scripture notices of him cease. The epistle attributed to Barnabas is believed to have been written early in the second century.

    Barnabas in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE bar'-na-bas (Barnabas, "son of exhortation," or possibly "son of Nebo"): This name was applied to the associate of Paul, who was originally called Joses or Joseph (Acts 4:36), as a testimony to his eloquence. Its literal meaning is "son of prophecy" (bar, "son"; nebhu'ah, "prophecy"). Compare word for prophet in Gen 20:7; Dt 18:15,18, etc. This is interpreted in Acts 4:36 as "son of exhortation" the Revised Version (British and American), or "son of consolation" the King James Version, expressing two sides of the Greek paraklesis, that are not exclusive. The office of a prophet being more than to foretell, all these interpretations are admissible in estimating Barnabas as a preacher. "Deismann (Bibelstudien, 175-78) considers Barnabas the Jewish Grecized form of Barnebous, a personal Semitic name recently discovered in Asia Minor inscriptions, and meaning "son of Nebo" (Standard Bible Dictionary in the place cited.)...

    Barnabas in Wikipedia Saint Barnabas (Ancient Greek: Βαρναβᾶς) of the first century, born Joseph, was an Early Christian convert, one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem.[2][3] Like almost all Christians at the time (see also Jewish Christians), Barnabas was one of the Children of Israel, specifically a Levite. Named an apostle in Acts 14:14 , he and Saint Paul undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the demands of stricter church leaders[2] (see also Judaizers). They gained many converts in Antioch (c 43-44), traveled together making more converts (c 45-47), and participated in the Council of Jerusalem (c 50).[4] Barnabas and Paul successfully evangelized among the "God-fearing" gentiles who attended synagogues in various Hellenized cities of Anatolia.[5]. Barnabas' story appears in the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul mentions him in some of his epistles.[2] Tertullian named him as the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews,[2] but this and other attributions are conjecture.[6] Clement of Alexandria ascribed an early Christian epistle to Barnabas (Epistle of Barnabas), but that is highly improbable.[7] Martyred at Salamis, Cyprus, in AD 61 [2], he is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church. The feast day of St Barnabas is celebrated on June 11.[2] Some traditions hold that Aristobulus of Britannia, one of the Seventy Disciples, was the brother of Barnabas...

    Barnabas Scripture - Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

    Barnabas Scripture - Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

    Barnabas Scripture - Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: