Origin of the name PHILIP.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name PHILIP.
Philippos (q.v.), meaning "fond of horses."
Usage: America, England, Germany.
Milton Roth, an American novelist. Philip Wiegratz, a German child actor. Philip Arthur Larkin (d. 1985),
was an English poet, and novelist. (Wiki)
"fond of horses"].
(1) Philip, the Husband of
Herodias.—A son of Herod the Great by the most celebrated of his
wives, Mariamne (Josephus, Antiq. XVIII. v. 4; Wars, I.
xxviii. 4). At one time he was placed after Antipater in
succession to the throne (Antiq. XVII. iii. 2; Wars, I.
xxix. 2). He married Herodias, but Herod Antipas, his brother
(having the same father, but not the same mother), made guilty
approaches to Herodias, who, abandoning her proper husband, went off
with her paramour, and lived with him as his wife (Antiq. XVIII.
v. 1). When Mariamne was disgraced, her son Herod (Philip) was
struck out of the succession to the throne (Wars, I. xxxii.
7). Josephus calls him simply "Herod." The New
Testament denominates him "Philip" (Matt. xiv. 3; Mark vi. 17;
Luke iii. 19).
(2) Philip, the Tetrarch.—Another son
of Herod the Great. The mother in this case was Cleopatra of
Jerusalem. He was brought up at Rome (Joseph. Antiq. XVII.
i. 3; Wars, I. xxviii. 4). He advocated the claims of
Archelaus to succeed their common father, and was himself appointed by
Augustus Cæsar over "Batanea, Trachonitis, Auranitis, and certain
parts of Zeno's house about Jamnia" (Wars, II. vi. 1-3; cf. also
Antiq. XVII. xi. 4). He is the Philip described by St. Luke as
"tetrarch of the region of Ituræa and Trachonitis" in the
fifteenth year of Tiberius Cæsar when John the Baptist began his public
life (Luke iii. 1). He married Salome, the daughter of Herod the
tetrarch by Herodias (Antiq. XVIII. v. 4). He built (or
enlarged) a city called Paneas, at the source of the Jordan. He
named it Cæsarea. It is the Cæsarea-Philippi of
Scripture. He also raised the village of Bethsaida to the dignity
of a city, and fortifying Sepphoris, made it the capital of Galilee (Antiq.
XVIII. ii. 1; Wars, II. ix. 1). He reigned thirty-seven
years (from B.C. 4 to A.D. 34), dying in the twentieth year of Tiberius
Cæsar. Josephus gives Philip an excellent character (Antiq. XVIII.
iv. 6). Coins of his have been found inscribed with his title,
(3) Philip the Apostle.—One of the
apostles of our Lord, mentioned just before Bartholomew in Matt. x. 3;
Mark iii. 18; Luke vi. 14; but in Acts i. 13 having the two separated by
the name of Thomas. Philip was a native of Bethsaida, and when
called by Jesus, lost no time in informing his friend Nathanael (who was
probably Bartholomew under another name) that he had found Him of whom
Moses and the prophets wrote (John i. 43-48). When our Lord was
about to perform the miracle of feeding the five thousand, He, with the
design of proving Philip, put the question, "Whence are we to buy
bread that these may eat?" To which Philip replied, "Two
hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one
may take a little" (John vi. 6, 7). When, on the day of the
triumphal entry into Jerusalem, certain Greeks desired to see Jesus,
they applied to Philip, who put them in communication with the great
Being they wished to behold (xii. 20-23). Soon afterwards he
applied to Jesus to show him the Father (xiv. 8-12). He is named
after the resurrection as one of the apostles who met in the upper
chamber (Acts i. 13). This is the last authentic notice we have of
him; ecclesiastical traditions regarding his future life being confused
(4) Philip the Evangelist.—He was one
of the seven men chosen to look after the interests of the widows and
the poor generally in the Church at Jerusalem, and is mentioned next in
order to the martyr Stephen (Acts vi. 5). If this had been all, he
would not have been called, as he is in Acts xxi. 8, an
evangelist. Immediately after the death of Stephen, Philip visited
Samaria, preached the Gospel, wrought miracles, and made many
converts. Among them was Simon the sorcerer, popularly known as
Simon Magus (Acts viii. 5-25). Afterwards, by direction of an
angel, he went along the road from Jerusalem to Gaza, on which, after a
time, he met, preached to, and baptised the Ethiopian eunuch
(26-39). He afterwards visited Azotus (Ashdod), and then went on
preaching till he reached Cæsarea (40). He was still in that
city when Paul passed through it on his last journey to Jerusalem; and
the fact is noted that Philip had four virgin daughters who had the gift
of prophecy (xxi. 8, 9). (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual,
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