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One of the prominent leaders of the first community in Jerusalem, Barnabas was overshadowed by his second-in-command Paul and by the overwhelming figure of Peter. But eventually, his homeland, Cyprus, enabled him to regain prominence.

Notable in the First Community of Jerusalem

Barnabas makes his first appearance in the Acts of the Apostles when he gives the proceeds of the sale of…

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Burnet, Régis, “Barnabas”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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