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The Disciple Philip

Updated on November 28, 2016

Philip is one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. Philip the Apostle appears in all four lists of the disciples (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13). The story of his call to discipleship is given in John 1:43-51, where his home is given as Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee, "the city of Andrew and Peter."

Immediately following his own call, he urged Nathanael to accept "Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph", as the coming Messiah. When Nathanael skeptically asked, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip replied, "Come and see." His Greek name does not imply that he was a Greek by birth. Many Jews of the 1st century bore Greek or Roman names. But it is significant that the Fourth Gospel (John 12:20-22) relates that "some Greeks" wishing to meet Jesus first consulted Philip. He also appears in John's narrative of the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:5-14). Nothing is known of his later life.


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