The levites were instructed not to possess any land of their own. Being so, how come Barnabas sell a land while the law being against even possessing a land?
Acts 4:36 - 37
ESV - 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus. 37 Sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.
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Barnabas, as a convert to Christ, was no longer under the Levitical Law. While the passage states that he was of the tribe of Levi, it does not say that, as a Christian, he continued to participate in any Levitical worship. Therefore, he could easily have acquired land after his conversion, which put him in a position to be able to sell it and donate the proceeds to the fledgling Christian church.
My thought is that the difference is two-fold. 1. Where Barnabas lived, Cyprus, not Israel, and, 2. His individuality as different from his being a part of the "tribe" of Levites. From what I've read, the tribe could not buy and sell the land on which they lived. Barnabas had bought land as an "individual" in another land. This, then, was not a conflict. Obviously, the disciples saw no conflict as Barnabas became a highly respected member of their group.
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