For the past few weeks in Sunday School, we’ve discusses the above named early Christian writings. We wrapped it up this past Sunday. Here are some thoughts… What are the things you need when creating/forming a qualitatively new religion. I maintain Christianity grew out of Judaism. At this level, then, it was not quantitatively new, as in a separate entity, but only about quality. What are the things you need? First, you need an identity. This is what Barnabas gives us. He recasts the Jews as the non-Jews. Sure, they were for a time, but now God has restored the
It may be something of an overstatement to see the three books we are studying this week (for Sunday School) as showcasing the breadth of early Christian thought as centered in geographic locations. Ideally, I would like to say the Epistle of Barnabas hails from Alexandria, Clement’s epistle from Rome, and the Didache coming from the Antioch-Jerusalem vortex. I will stick something with the ideal, although understand if I am pressed to support the location of Barnabas. I guess one of the reasons I would place Barnabas in Alexandria is the affinity shares with the Epistle to the Hebrews as well as
The Epistle of Barnabas is traditionally held to be written by the Barnabas of the New Testament, however, a second option is that it was written by a contemporary of Ignatius and Polycarp name Barnabas of Alexandria. It is a late 1st century or early 2nd century (sometime between 70-132).