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Chapter Four: Philip in the Gospels

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This chapter argues that the evidence makes the most sense when one recognizes that the Philip valorized in the lists of the twelve disciples in the Synoptic Gospels was none other than the Philip behind Luke's accounts in Acts. Moreover, the presentation of Philip in John shows an enhanced awareness of traditions concerning this same Philip, especially in connection with the spread of the gospel to non-Jewish groups. The chapter examines the treatment of Philip in the Gospel of John for further indications of the significance of traditions about Philip in the first century. Philip's matter-of-fact appearances in John vis-à-vis the Synoptics suggest that his name was important for both the author and the readers of the Fourth Gospel.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel; John; Luke; Philip; Synoptic Gospels



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