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Philip, Acts of
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(Acts Phil.). The Acts of Philip, first mentioned in the Decretum Gelasianum, contains 15 almost completely preserved episodes. They are linked by their Encratite character and the central figure of Philip, who combines elements of both the apostle (Philip [the Disciple]) and the evangelist mentioned in Acts (Philip the Evangelist). They also preserve Gnostic material (Gnosis). In their present form, they were written (or compiled) around the mid-4th century in the bosom of an Encratite group in Asia Minor (Phrygia?) condemned in 342 at the Council of Gangra.

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Plümacher, Eckhard, “Philip, Acts of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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