Barnabas, Epistle of
(1,166 words)

composed AD 132–135, probably in Alexandria.


The designation ‘Epistle/Letter of Barnabas’ (Barn.) is not original. The Early Christian treatise, despite its epistolary form (Barn. 1 and 21), does not mention the name of the composer or that of any personal addressee. Its high regard for the Bible and the Jewish tradition on the one hand, and their appropriati…

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Prostmeier, Ferdinand, “Barnabas, Epistle of”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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