Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The tomb of St. Philip rediscovered?

St. Philip was one of the original apostles of Christ. The Gospel of John records the calling of Philip thus:

The next day, Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him: 'Follow me.'

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathaniel and told him, 'We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.'

'Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' Nathaniel asked.

'Come and see,' said Philip. 

Philip took Jesus at his word and he, indeed, followed him... all the way to the cross. Tradition holds that after a life of preaching the Gospel in modern-day Greece, Syria and Phrygia, Philip was crucified in the city of Hierapolis around the year 80.

Earlier today, archaeologists in Turkey announced that they have located the long-lost tomb of St. Philip. Pretty cool stuff. You can read more about the find here.