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Chapter One: Philip in the Second Century

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The second-century witnesses that traditions about Luke's Philip in Acts 8 are most naturally identified as stories about an apostle rather than some lesser figure. The convergence of the second-century evidence, the onomastic data, and recent projections on the Christian population at the end of the first century render plausible the hypothesis that the confusion of the "two Philips" has its origin with Luke. The most significant witness for the vitality of Philip traditions in the early part of the second century is found in the Exegesis of the Sayings of the Lord by Papias, bishop of Hierapolis. This chapter presents the argument that suggests that the best solution to the impasse presented by the conflicting evidence regarding Philip the apostle/evangelist and his daughters is one that identifies the apostle with the evangelist.

Keywords: apostle; evangelist; Hierapolis; Luke; Papias; Philip

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