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1. One of the twelve apostles: he was a native of Bethsaida. It was in Galilee that the Lord met him; and said to him, 'Follow me.' Philip at once announced to Nathanael that he had found the One of whom Moses and the prophets had written. He was the apostle who asked the Lord to show them the Father, when the Lord said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father . . . . Believe me, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me." Matthew 10:3 ; Mark 3:18 ; Luke 6:14 ; John 1:43-48 ; John 6:5-7 ; John 12:21,22 ; John 14:8,9 ; Acts 1:13 .

2. One of the seven chosen to look after the poor saints at Jerusalem. He is also called 'Philip the evangelist.' When the church was scattered from Jerusalem by persecution, Philip went to Samaria and preached Christ and wrought miracles, and men and women believed and were baptised. The apostles at Jerusalem hearing that Samaria had received the word of God, sent thither Peter and John. Then Philip was directed by an angel of the Lord to meet the eunuch of Ethiopia in the desert towards Gaza. Philip obeyed and preached unto him Jesus. On the eunuch asking what hindered him from being baptised, he was at once baptised by Philip. On coming out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, and he was found at Azotus, and he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea. Much later Philip was residing at Caesarea and received Paul and those with him into his house. He had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied. Philip is a beautiful instance of one being under the immediate guidance of God in his service for Him. Acts 6:5 ; Acts 8:5-40 ; Acts 21:8 .

3. Son of Herod the Great: he married Herodias, who deserted him to live with his brother, Herod Antipas. Matthew 14:3 ; Mark 6:17 ; Luke 3:19 .

4. Another son of Herod the Great: he was tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis. Luke 3:1 . He was the founder of Caesarea Philippi. Matthew 16:13 ; Mark 8:27 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Philip'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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