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Acts of Philip
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A noncanonical, likely fourth or fifth centuries ad collection of embellished stories about the life of the Apostle Philip. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period nor could it have been, based on its late date; the Gelasian Decree could reference this work when it labels an “Acts of Philip” apocryphal (i.e., “not accepted”).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Philip
Acts of Philip A noncanonical, likely fourth or fifth centuries ad collection of embellished stories about the life of the Apostle Philip. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period nor could it have been, based on its late date; the Gelasian Decree could reference this work
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Philip, Acts of
PHILIP, ACTS OF. A text which chronicles the adventures and martrydom of Philip at Hierapolis. About 50 Greek manuscripts, menologia for the most part, transmit the Martyrdom of Philip. This tale, which circulated in three divergent forms, was extracted from a larger work, the Peregrinations or Acts
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Philip, Acts Of
Philip, Acts ofA fragmentary apocryphal work from the 4th or 5th century a.d., surviving in Greek, Syriac, and Latin. It reports 15 acts and the martyrdom of Philip: the apostle raises the dead, heals blind men with magical words, converses with animals, makes the earth swallow 7000 men, and smiles
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Philip, Acts of (Writing)
Philip, Acts of. A fourth- or fifth-century compilation of legendary adventures of the apostle Philip and the evangelist Philip (understood as one person) in Greece, Parthia, and Carthage. Much of Philip’s success as an evangelist is ascribed to the remarkable miracles he performed (e.g., raising from
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Philip, Acts of (Writing)
Philip, Acts of. One of the later apocryphal books of Acts, dependent on older legends and dating at the earliest from the middle of the 4th cent. It is composed on the pattern of the Acts of Thomas, as a series of separate events in various places. Chapters 1–9 and from 15 to the end are extant. Among
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PHILIP, ACTS OF
PHILIP, ACTS OF. A 4th–5th cent. ce miracle novel about Jesus’ apostle PHILIP preserved in Greek, Syriac, and Latin fragments. It contains fifteen episodes (“acts”) and an account of Philip’s death. Philip raises the dead, calms a stormy sea, blinds and restores hordes of men, utters magical incantations,