Scripture scholar, Archbishop Mark Coleridge argues that while St Barnabas does not have a prominent place compared to St Paul, we should understand the major contribution he made to what the Church became in those crucial early years.[display_podcast] This podcast made available from Vatican Radio
The name Barnabas was a nickname which means son of encouragement. St. Barnabas was formerly known as Joseph and was a well to do Jew from Cyprus.
His major contribution was to introduce St Paul to the disciples and the community of believers in Jerusalem. There was considerable unease about Paul because of his past antipathy to Christians.
Barnabas was given a special role in affirming the ministry to gentiles – people outside the Jewish tradition. He recruited Paul to get involved in the ministry that would go far beyond Palestine. Hear about how these two great figues eventually parted ways.