Philip the Evangelist

The Christian who brought the Gospel to Samaria and the Ethiopian eunuch

Early Christians shared possessions in common, but the Hellenist wing of the church complained to the Hebrew group that their widows were being neglected in the daily distributions of food. According to Acts 6:1-6, Philip was appointed along with Stephen and other Hellenists (Greek-speakers) to oversee the distribution. Later, in Acts 8, after the death of Stephen, Philip takes the gospel to Samaria and subsequently meets an Ethiopian eunuch who believes his testimony. Philip settles in Caesarea along with his four daughters who have the gift of prophecy (Acts 21:8-9).

Illustration from the Menologion of Basil II of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.

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