And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus.
Barnabas was the unsung hero of the Bible. We meet him in Acts 4, selling his property and giving the money to the early church.
He stood in the shadow of Paul for many years, but it was Barnabas who persuaded the apostles to accept Paul. Paul’s reputation as persecutor of the church made these men quite hesitant to accept him. I can hear Barnabas encouraging Paul,
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