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Paul asserts Galatians 1:18-20 that he saw none of the apostles except Cephas and James the Lord's brother. Acts 9:26-30 (27) But Barnabas brings Paul to the apostles and brought to the Apostles & moving / preaching freely (arguably could be only 2, but walking and preaching freely). These 2 would indicate the same event as Paul has not been accepted. Then you have Galatians 2:1-10 states this time with Barnabas this would imply that Barnabas was not with him in Acts 9.

Galatians 2:1-2 1 Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

Galatians 1:18-20 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas[a] and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

Acts 9:26-30 Yet Barnabas says - 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

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  • Galatians was written when?
    – kutschkem
    Nov 17 '20 at 13:40
  • Apart from literal eye-contact, seeing someone usually means having an (in-depth) meeting or (extended) discussion with them, which would also fit the context of the previous verse, which speaks about getting acquainted. It is also unclear whether the two passages even refer to the same event(s), or who exactly the apostles vaguely mentioned in Acts 9:27 are.
    – Lucian
    Nov 17 '20 at 19:00
  • @Lucian I would love to see you develop that into an answer. Nov 17 '20 at 21:28
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Paul's personal account of the event is in

Galatians 1:18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. 19I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

So Paul met two apostles, Cephas and James.

The book of Acts was written by Luke, not Barnabas. Luke's account is in

Acts 9:26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

Luke didn't say how many apostles. It is understandable that Paul met only two due to the others' fear and skepticism of Paul's intention.

Galatians 2:1 New International Version

Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also.

The phrase "this time" is not in the Greek manuscript. Berean Study Bible has a better translation:

Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, accompanied by Barnabas. I took Titus along also.

The first time, Paul met Barnabas in Jerusalem. The second time, Barnabas took Paul to Jerusalem.

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  • @Lucian and & others - I have amended the question due to Galatians 2 - which mentions this time with Barnabas which would be in conflict with Acts 9. Nov 18 '20 at 13:55

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