The first definite reference to the diaconate occurs in St Paul's Epistle to the Philippians (i.
On Philippians, 6th ed., pp. 23, 252 f.), and by T.
Its literary priority is confirmed by several resemblances between it and Philippians, the last of Paul's epistles (e.g.
Earlier still the Book of Tobit is quoted, though not by name, in the Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians (x.
His Commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians (1618, reprinted 1864) is a specimen of his preaching before his college, and of his fiery denunciation of popery and his fearless enunciation of that Calvinism which Oxford in common with all England then prized.