Gennadius (De Viris Illustrib.
100.62) states that Philip the Presbyter was a disciple of Jerome, and that he died in the reign of Marcian and Avitus over the Eastern and Western Empires respectively, i.e.
A. D. 456. [AVITUS ; MARCIANUS.]
Of these, Genadius, who had read them, speaks highly. These Epistolae
A Commentarius in Jobum
addressed to Nectarius has been several times printed, sometimes separately under the name of Philip (two editions, fol. and 4to. Basel, 1527)
, and sometimes under the name and among the works of Venerable Bede and of Jerome. Vallarsius and the Benedictine editors of Jerome give the Commentarius in their editions of that father (vol. v. p. 678, &c. ed. Benedict., vol. xi. col. 565, &c. ed. Vallars.), but not as his. The Prologus or Praefatio ad Nectarium are omitted, and the text differs very widely from that given in the Cologne edition of Bede (vol. iv. p. 447, &c.) fol. 1612, in which the work is given as Bede's, without any intimation of its doubtful authorship.
Cave, Oudin, and Vallarsi agree in ascribing the work to Philip, though Vallarsi is not so decided in his opinion as the other two.
Gennad. l.c. ;
Cave, Hist. Litt.
ad ann. 440, vol. i. p. 434; Oudin, De Scriptorib. Eccles.
vol. i. col. 1165; Vallarsi, Opera Hieron.
vol. iii. col. 825, &c., vol. xi. col. 565, 566; Fabric. Biblioth. Med. et Infim. Latiz.
vol. v. p. 295, ed. Mansi.