Philip the Evangelist

Philip the Evangelist

Philip the Evangelist appears several times in the Acts of the Apostles. He was one of the Seven Deacons chosen to care for the poor of the Christian community in Jerusalem (), though the account may refer to Philip the Apostle.

He is first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (; 2 Timothy bibleverse-nb|2|Timothy|4:5|KJV), he entertained Paul and his companion on their way to Jerusalem; at that time "he had four daughters which did prophesy". At a very early period he came to be confounded with the apostle Philip (see above); the confusion was all the more easy because, as an esteemed member of the apostolic company, he may readily have been described as an apostle in the wider sense of that word. [see further George Salmon, "Introduction to the New Testament", 7th ed., p. 313 sqq.] A late tradition describes him as settling at Tralles in Asia Minor, where he became the bishop of that church.

"Philip the deacon" is commemorated on June 6 in the Roman Catholic Church, and on October 11 in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Philip is counted among the Seventy Apostles, and is referred to as a Protodeacon; his feast day is celebrated on January 4.




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* [ Apostle Philip the Deacon of the Seventy] Orthodox icon and synaxarion

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