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Philip and His Daughters

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During the 2nd century, the apostolic traditions were consolidated in the Lycus Valley. Against the background of the letter in the Apocalypse, the Pauline epistles to the church in Colossae were supplemented by the story of the visit to Laodicea of the apostle John and, building on the presence of the "evangelist" Philip and his daughters, the tradition of the ministry of the apostle Philip in Hierapolis, commemorated in a sepulchral monument. During the following centuries, the Philip tradition of Hierapoliswas to have the most enduring impact, undoubtedly because of the tomb, which gave the apostle a palpable presence and attracted the devotion of Christians, finally, drawing many pilgrims. The institutionalization of apostle's cult is documented by an Early Byzantine inscription that speaks of an archdeacon charged with supervision of the sanctuary "of the holy and glorious apostle and theologian Philippos".

Keywords: apostle John; apostolic traditions; Hierapolis; Laodicean Christian; Lycus Valley; Pauline epistles; Philip



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