Thursday, 2 April 2015

John Edwards: Identifying the Lord in the Epistle of Barnabas

Jesus is a significant figure in the Epistle of Barnabas. Throughout the epistle, he is variously called beloved, servant, son of god, and lord (kyrios). This final title creates interpretive problems because the author of Barnabas also frequently uses kyrios with reference to god. While there are many occurrences of kyrios where the referent can be determined without difficulty, there are others where the referent appears ambiguous. This paper discusses some of these more ambiguous occurrences in order to identify the instances where kyrios likely refers to Jesus. This identification is important for any thorough study of Jesus in the Epistle of Barnabas.

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