Harold Rast

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Herbert Mayer

Scripture References in this Resource

Isaiah 13:22; Malachi 3:1; 2 Peter 3:8ff; Joel 3:17; Isaiah 6:11; Isaiah 66:18; Revelation 20:4; Isaiah 45:1; Genesis 1:26; 28; 1 Corinthians 15:2; 2 Timothy 2:18; Philippians 7:1; Psalm 1:5; Philippians 2:1; Psalm 110:1


In considering the epistle of Barnabas, this thesis will look for the interpretation of the meaning of historical facts rather than for the facts themselves, that is, it will analyze the epistle of Barnabas in terms of Barnabas’ understanding of Geschichte. To consider the epistle in terms of Historie would produce at best meager results. Barnabas is no technical historian with an interest in facts. Something like Tacitus' formal presentation of Roman history from Tiberius to Domitian stands far afield from his purpose. Rather, Barnabas is interested in the meaning or inner side of the historical process. Coming within his view are "the past" and "things present or yet to come.” Barnabas, as will be demonstrated later, is concerned with cosmic history and, particularly, with the meaning of that history.

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