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Barnabas, Epistle of
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The Epistle of Barnabas is an early Christian tractate that evinces concern for a community to distance and differentiate itself from non-Christian Jews, to appropriate Jewish scriptures as their own, and to live an ethical lifestyle. The details of its authorship, date, intention, and situation must be deduced from the text itself, and so competing hypotheses about these matters attend the Epistle.


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Lincicum, David, “Barnabas, Epistle of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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