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Barnabas I Who was Barnabas II Where is he first mentioned in the Bible III Barnabas introduction of Saul to the apostles IV His mission work with Paul V His departure from Paul VI Barnabas as a writer VII His Death Barnabas was a native of the island of Cyprus His birthplace makes him a Jew of the Diaspora the dispersion of Jews outside Palestine or modern Israel He was originally named Joseph but the apostles called him Barnabas he probably acquired this name because of his ability as a preacher The name Barnabas was understood by Luke to mean Son of Encouragement Acts 436 Barnabas was an apostle of the secondary group companion of Paul on his mission to Cyprus and the Pisidian mainland Barnabas first appears in Lukes account of communal living in the Jerusalem church as a man of some means who gave to the church the proceeds from the sale of a piece land Barnabas sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles feet Acts 436-37 After the stoning of Stephen in Acts 754-81 the church was persecuted and scattered On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him But Saul began to destroy the church Going from house to house he dragged off men and women and put them in prison Acts 81-3 In Acts 926-27 Saul tries to join the disciples but they were all afraid of him not believing that he really was a disciple But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him and how in Damascus
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