How did a Jew get a name such as the Greek, "Philip?"  It's possible that he was named in honor of Philip the Tetrarch who had, some ten years before his birth, done much to raise the status of the region of his birth (Bethsaida in Galilee, Israel.)  Philip was said to be of the Jewish tribe of Zebulon.

It is believed that after the ascension of Christ Jesus, Philip traveled into Scythia (south Russia) and remained there for twenty years preaching the Gospel.  

Eventually, in the company of the apostle Bartholomew, the apostle Philip went to Asia Minor and labored in Hierapolis, near Laodicea and Colosse, in what is modern day Turkey.

While in Hierapolis, it is said that the wife of the Roman proconsul was healed by the apostles Philip and Bartholomew, that she became a Christian and that her husband ordered Philip and Bartholomew to be put to death by crucifixion.  Philip was crucified, however, Bartholomew escaped martyrdom, when for some special reason, the magistrates caused him to be taken down from the cross and dismissed.  Philip's tomb is still to be found in the Turkish city of Hierapolis.

There is a belief that the apostle Philip, also, ministered to the Gaul's in France; this cannot be confirmed, however.  He is the only Apostle whom Church tradition associates with France, however.

The body of Philip was acquired from Hierapolis by Pope John the Third (560-572 AD) and interred in a church in Rome (the Church of the Holy Apostles Philip and James the Less.)  Philip was around 87 years of age when martyred in Hierapolis.

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The information above is compiled from the book "The Search for the Twelve Apostles" by William Steuart McBirnie Ph.D, Copyright 1973

Simon (Peter)


James (Son of Zebedee)






James (Son of Alphaeus)

Jude (Thaddaeus)

Simon (The Zealot)


Matthias (replaced Judas)

Saul (Paul)



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