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Recent years have witnessed an increasingly avid interest in the exploration of early Christian traditions and stories featuring the various apostles of Jesus and their associates. This chapter demonstrates why Philip's name must be included within this select group of apostles who served as authority figures and guarantors of "authentic" tradition in the early Christian era. One problem that has stood in the way of an inclusive examination of all the Philip materials is the assumption held by scholars that the Philip with the daughters is not the apostle but another famous Philip known as the "evangelist". The author also argues that all of the references to Philip in the New Testament and other early Christian literature are most properly interpreted with reference to traditions stemming from this single figure. The chapter concerns the traditions and stories, and their various elaborations, about and connected with Philip the apostle.

Keywords: apostle; authentic tradition; Christian traditions; evangelist; Jesus; New Testament; Philip



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