November 14, 2010


The final section of the Epistle of Barnabas suddenly jumps into a treatment of "The Two Ways". This concept is also found in the Didache, and there is considerable discussion about their interdependence, if any.

Barnabas presents each of the two ways in terms of negatives. His lists of sins include "Corrupting Minors" and Abortion, neither of whoich is mentioned in the New Testament. Personal ownership is also condemned (cf. Acts 4:32), which might suggest a very early date of authorship.

The world is to be destroyed, together with the Evil One, in the near future.