Acts of Barnabas

Acta Barnabae apostoli

Other titles: none.

Clavis numbers: CANT 285, BHG 225.

Category: Apocryphal Acts.

Related literature: Passion of Mark, Acts of Mark, Encomium of Barnabas by Alexander Monachus, Travels and Martyrdom of Saints Bartholomew and Barnabas, Acts of Titus.

Standard abbreviation: Acts Barn.

Status: in progress by Glenn Snyder.

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3.1 Manuscripts and Editions

3.1.1 Greek

V: Vatican, Biblioteca apostolica, gr. 1667 (11th cent.)

P: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, gr. 1470 (890 C.E.)

B: Mount Athos, Vatopedi (11th/12th cent.)

M: Messina, San Salvatore di Fitalia, gr. 29 (12th cent.)

Q: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, gr. 1219 (11th cent.)

U: Vatican, Biblioteca apostolica, gr. 821 (13th cent.)

Bolland, Jean et al., eds. Acta Sanctorum, Iunii. Vol. 2. Antwerp: P. Jacobs 1698; 3rd ed. Paris: V. Palmé, 1863. (editio princeps by Daniel Papebroek based on V, p. 64-74.)

Bonnet, Maximilien. “Acta Barnabae.” Pages xvii-xxviii and 292-302 in vol. 2.2 of Acta apostolorum apocrypha. Edited by Richard Adelbert Lipsius and Maximilien Bonnet. 2 vols. in 3. Leipzig: H. Mendelssohn, 1903; repr. Hildesheim: Olms, 1972. (Edition based on all available manuscripts at the time and divided into recension P, based on manuscript P, and Σ, used by Bonnet to designate an archetype for the family V, B, M, Q, U.)

3.1.2 Latin

Mombritius, Boninus. Sanctuarium seu Vitae sanctorum. Novam editionem curaverunt duo monachi Solesmenses. Paris: 1910; repr. New York: Hildesheim, 1978. (Critical edition of Latin traditions.)

Tosti, Luigi, ed., Bibliotheca Casinensis seu codicum manuscriptorum qui in tabulario Casinensi asseruantur series III: Florilegeum. Monte Cassino: Ex Typographia Casinensi, 1877. (Critical edition of Latin traditions.)

3.1.3 Slavonic

Kaluznjackij, Emil. “Sborniki Njameckogo Monstyrja Nnr. 20 i 106 [164].” Sbornik Otdelenija Russkago Jazyka i Slovesnosti Imp. Akademii Nauk 83/2 (1907): 50-57. (Critical edition of the Old Slavonic text.)

Tischendorf, Constantin. Acta apostolorum apocrypha. Leipzig: Avenarius et Mendelssohn, 1851. (Edition based on V and P; introduction p. xxv-xxxi, edition p. 64-74.)

3.2 Modern Translations

3.2.1 English

Riddle, Matthew Brown, trans. “The Acts of Barnabas.” Pages 493-96 in vol. 8 of ANF. (English translation of Tischendorf’s edition.) Online.

Snyder, Glenn E. “Acts of Barnabas.” Pages 317–36 in vol. 1 of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Edited by Tony Burke and Brent Landau. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.

3.2.2 French

Norelli, Enrico. “Actes de Barnabé.” Pages 617-42 in vol. 2 of Écrits apocryphes chrétiens. Edited by François Bovon, Jean-Daniel Kaestli, and Pierre Geoltrain. Paris: Gallimard, 1997–2005.

3.2.3 Italian

Erbetta, Mario. Gli Apocrifi del Nuovo Testamento. 3 vols. in 4. Turin: Marietti, 1966-1981. (Introduction and translation in vol. 2:595-600.)

3.3 General Works

Czachesz, Istaván. Commission Narratives: A Comparative Study of the Canonical and Apocryphal Acts. Leuven: Peeters, 2007 (see particularly pp. 184-207).

Delehaye, Hippolyte. “Saints de Chypre.” AnBoll 26 (1907): 161-301.

Dilley, Paul C. “The Invention of Christian Tradition: ‘Apocrypha,’ Imperial Policy, and Anti-Jewish Propaganda.” GRBS 50 (2010): 586-615.

Hackett, John. A History of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. London: Methuen & Co., 1901.

Lipsius, Richard A. Die apokryphen Apostelgeschichten und Apostellegenden. 2 vols. Braunschweig: Schwetschke, 1883-1887. (Acts Barn. is examined in 2:270-320).

Read-Heimerdinger, Jenny. “Barnabas in Acts: A Study of His Role in the Text of Codex Bezae.” JSNT 72 (1998): 22-66.

Schwartz, Daniel R. “The End of the Line: Paul in the Canonical Book of Acts.” Pages 3-24 in Paul and the Legacies of Paul. Edited by William S. Babcock. Dallas: SMU Press, 1990.

Starowieyski, M. “Datation des Actes (Voyages) de S. Barnabé (BHG 225; ClAp 285) et du Panégyrique de S. Barnabé par Alexandre le Moine (BHG 226; CPG 7400; ClAp 286).” Pages 193-98 in Philohistor. Miscellanea in honorem Caroli Laga septuagenarii. Edited by A. Schoors and Peter Van Deun. OLA 60. Leuven: Peeters, 1994.

Van Deun, Peter and Jaques Noret, eds. Hagiographica cypria. Sancti Barnabae laudatio auctore Alexandro monacho. CCSG 26. Turnhout: Brepols; Leuven: University Press, 1993.

Young, Philip H. “The Cypriot Aphrodite Cult: Paphos, Rantidi, and Saint Barnabas.” JNES 64.1 (2005): 23-44.