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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  son  of  consolation,  the  surname  of  Joses,  a  Levite  (Acts  4:36). 
  His  name  stands  first  on  the  list  of  prophets  and  teachers  of 
  the  church  at  Antioch  (13:1).  Luke  speaks  of  him  as  a  "good  man" 
  (11:24).  He  was  born  of  Jewish  parents  of  the  tribe  of  Levi.  He 
  was  a  native  of  Cyprus,  where  he  had  a  possession  of  land  (Acts 
  4:36,  37),  which  he  sold.  His  personal  appearance  is  supposed  to 
  have  been  dignified  and  commanding  (Acts  14:11,  12).  When  Paul 
  returned  to  Jerusalem  after  his  conversion,  Barnabas  took  him 
  and  introduced  him  to  the  apostles  (9:27).  They  had  probably 
  been  companions  as  students  in  the  school  of  Gamaliel. 
  The  prosperity  of  the  church  at  Antioch  led  the  apostles  and 
  brethren  at  Jerusalem  to  send  Barnabas  thither  to  superintend 
  the  movement.  He  found  the  work  so  extensive  and  weighty  that  he 
  went  to  Tarsus  in  search  of  Saul  to  assist  him  Saul  returned 
  with  him  to  Antioch  and  laboured  with  him  for  a  whole  year  (Acts 
  11:25,  26).  The  two  were  at  the  end  of  this  period  sent  up  to 
  Jerusalem  with  the  contributions  the  church  at  Antioch  had  made 
  for  the  poorer  brethren  there  (11:28-30).  Shortly  after  they 
  returned,  bringing  John  Mark  with  them  they  were  appointed  as 
  missionaries  to  the  heathen  world,  and  in  this  capacity  visited 
  Cyprus  and  some  of  the  principal  cities  of  Asia  Minor  (Acts 
  13:14).  Returning  from  this  first  missionary  journey  to  Antioch, 
  they  were  again  sent  up  to  Jerusalem  to  consult  with  the  church 
  there  regarding  the  relation  of  Gentiles  to  the  church  (Acts 
  15:2:  Gal.  2:1).  This  matter  having  been  settled,  they  returned 
  again  to  Antioch,  bringing  the  decree  of  the  council  as  the  rule 
  by  which  Gentiles  were  to  be  admitted  into  the  church. 
  When  about  to  set  forth  on  a  second  missionary  journey,  a 
  dispute  arose  between  Saul  and  Barnabas  as  to  the  propriety  of 
  taking  John  Mark  with  them  again  The  dispute  ended  by  Saul  and 
  Barnabas  taking  separate  routes.  Saul  took  Silas  as  his 
  companion,  and  journeyed  through  Syria  and  Cilicia;  while 
  Barnabas  took  his  nephew  John  Mark,  and  visited  Cyprus  (Acts 
  15:36-41).  Barnabas  is  not  again  mentioned  by  Luke  in  the  Acts 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Barnabas,  son  of  the  prophet,  or  of  consolation