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Barnabas, Saint, originally called Joses, was a member of the tribe of Levi, and born at Cyprus in the first century A.D. At what precise date he adopted his name, signifying son of prophecy or consolation, is not known. He appears to have sold all his property and joined the Apostles, and he introduced Paul to the Church at Jerusalem (Acts ix. 26). About A.D. 42 he was sent to Antioch, where Paul joined him. Two years later he accompanied Paul to Jerusalem, and on their return journey was worshipped as Jupiter at Lystra. Later on the two apostles appear to have quarrelled about Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, and the latter, going to Cyprus, was there stoned to death. An epistle is extant which is said to be his work.