Thank you brother BMZ for your clarifying notes and comments.<quoted text>
Well said and a great post.
Enjoyed reading your brilliant and helpful post, MUQ and I agree with that.
Barnabas was the one, who had asked the elders to grant fellow-ship to Paul and that is how both became friends.
The split between Barnabas and Paul is quite clear in Acts 15:36-41 and you will be surprised to know that the same Paul, who opposed Mark's choice, considered him useless, asked Timothy the following, after Barnabas was out:
"Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry."
And see what Paul wrote in Colossians:
"My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.(You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) "
Barnabas out, Mark in again!
So, Paul used Mark as he had no real knowledge.
As for the Church, Paul's lies had already been accepted and established. There was no way the Church could kick Paul out and bring back Barnabas. So, Barnabas was erased.
I believe that there were serious differences between Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas sat in the company of Jesus, Paul did not.
Why only Branabas? Paul fell out with Every other Disciple of Jesus! With Peter, with James and with elders at Jerusalem.
Once he got "Nominal acceptance" at Jerusalem (mainly due to efforts of Barnabas), he distanced himself from them and went to work amongst Gentiles and Romans and others who knew very little of the theology.
These people were idol worshippers, so it was very "natural" for them to digest that God has taken a human form and come and visit earth.
No Jew will digest this or accept this or be silent on this. So the "tug of war" between Paul and Disciples of Jesus started at a very early age.
These Gospels were "combat writings" and not "Pure Scripture".
Salaam and Regards.