Opening- True Gospel of Jesus, called Christ, a new prophet sent by God to the world:
according to the description of Barnabas his apostle.
Barnabas, apostle of Jesus the Nazarene, called Christ, to all them that dwell upon the earth
desireth peace and consolation.
Dearly beloved the great and wonderful God hath during these past days visited us by his
prophet Jesus Christ in great mercy of teaching and miracles, by reason whereof many, being
deceived of Satan, under presence of piety, are preaching most impious doctrine, calling Jesus
son of God, repudiating the circumcision ordained of God for ever, and permitting every unclean
meat: among whom also Paul hath been deceived, whereof I speak not without grief; for which
cause I am writing that truth which I have seen and heard, in the intercourse that I have had with
Jesus, in order that ye may be saved, and not be deceived of Satan and perish in the judgment
of God. Therefore beware of every one that preacheth unto you new doctrine contrary to that
which I write, that ye may be saved eternally. The great God be with you and guard you from
Satan and from every evil. Amen.
Chapter 1 The angel Gabriel visits Virgin Mary concerning the birth of Jesus.
In these last years a virgin called Mary, of the lineage of David, of the tribe of Judah, was visited
by the angel Gabriel from God. This virgin, living in all holiness without any offense, being
blameless, and abiding in prayer with fastings, being one day alone, there entered into her
chamber the angel Gabriel, and he saluted her, saying: 'God be with thee, O Mary'.
The virgin was affrighted at the appearance of the angel; but the angel comforted her, saying:
'Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God, who hath chosen thee to be mother of a
prophet, whom he will send to the people of Israel in order that they may walk in his laws with
truth of heart.'
The virgin answered: 'Now how shall I bri