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the Apostle, was a native of Bethsaida in Galilee. Jesus Christ having seen him, said to him, "Follow me," John 1:43-44 . Philip followed him; he was present at the marriage of Cana in Galilee. Philip was called at the beginning of our Saviour's mission. He is mentioned, Luke 6:13; Matthew 10:3; John 6:5-7 . Some Gentiles having a curiosity to see Jesus, a little before his passion, addressed themselves to Philip, John 12:21-22 , who mentioned it to Andrew, and these two to Christ. At the last supper Philip desired the Saviour to show them the Father, John 14:8-10 . This is all that we find concerning Philip in the Gospel.

2. PHILIP, the second of the seven deacons, Acts 6:5 , was, some say, of Caesarea in Palestine. It is certain his daughters lived in that city, Acts 21:8-9 . After the death of Stephen all the Christians, except the Apostles, having left Jerusalem, and being dispersed in several places, Philip went to preach at Sebaste or Samaria, where he performed several miracles, and converted many persons, Acts 8:1-3 , &c. He baptized them; but informed the Apostles at Jerusalem that Samaria had received the word of God, that they might come and communicate the Holy Ghost to them. Peter and John came thither for that purpose. Philip was, probably, at Samaria, when an angel commanded him to go on the road that leads from Jerusalem to old Gaza. Philip obeyed, and there met with an Ethiopian eunuch, belonging to Candace, queen of Ethiopia, whom he converted and baptized, Acts 8:26 . Being come out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Philip'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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