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Philip the Apostle

Philip was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The New Testament mentions that he was called by Jesus to be his follower; that he brought Nathaniel (aka Bartholomew) to Jesus; that Jesus asked him what it would cost to buy bread for five thousand men; that he brought some Hellenized Jews to see Jesus at their request; and that during the Last Supper he asked Jesus about God the Father.

The following account is taken from Christian tradition. After Jesus' death and resurrection, Philip went about both preaching and working miracles. His travels took him to Gallilee, Greece (where he established Narcissos as bishop), Azota, Syria, and Phrygia. In Phrygia, he was preaching together with Bartholomew, and through prayer killed a large serpent in a temple devoted to serpent worship, and healed many people of snake bites. The city governor and pagan priest caused Philip and Bartholomew to be crucified. While they were crucified, a large earthquake knocked everyone to the ground, and Philip prayed for everyone's safety. Seeing the earthquake abate, the people demanded that Philip and Bartholomew be released. Although Bartholomew survived, Philip, the city governor, and the pagan priest all died that day.

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