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The analysis of the various "Philip materials" found in Christian writings of the first four centuries has uncovered numerous instances in which these texts display a rhetorical interest in transmitting, elaborating, or responding to a range of vital traditions attached to the figure of Philip. Philip in the second century and beyond makes sense only as the continuation of the same Philip traditions incorporated into the New Testament. The roles that Philip subsequently plays in Gnostic texts and the Acts of Philip show that tributaries of this tradition continued to flow into the fourth century where Philip persists in his capacity as a champion for marginal groups. Thus the traditions of Philip the apostle prove to be quite vital in the first Christian centuries, in some cases not dissimilar to the other traditions of the apostles, in other cases quite distinctive.

Keywords: apostle; Christian writings; Gnostic texts; New Testament; Philip



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