Barnabas was a Jew born in Cyrus. His name was Joses, and due to his devotion to the cause of Jesus, the other apostles had given him the surname Barnabas; this term is variously translated as "Son of Consolation" or "Son of Exhortation." He was a successful preacher with a magnetic personality. Any one tormented by the clash of creeds found solace and peace in his company. His eminence as a man who had been close to Jesus had made him a prominent member of the small group of disciples in Jerusalem who had gathered together after the disappearance of Jesus. they observed the Law of the Prophets, which Jesus had come, "not to destroy but to fulfill."