Simon Magus


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Simon Magus

(mā`gəs), Samaritan sorcerer who attempted to buy spiritual power from the apostles. From this comes the term simonysimony
, in canon law, buying or selling of any spiritual benefit or office. The name is derived from Simon Magus, who tried to buy the gifts of the Holy Spirit from St. Peter (Acts 8). Simony is a very grave sin, and ecclesiastics who commit it may be excommunicated.
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. He is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. He was said to have founded a Gnostic sect.

Simon Magus

tried to purchase apostolic powers; whence, simony. [N.T.: Acts 8:18–24]

Simon Magus

New Testament a Samaritan sorcerer, probably from Gitta, of the 1st century ad. After being converted to Christianity, he tried to buy miraculous powers from the apostles (Acts of the Apostles 8:9--24). He is also identified as the founder of a Gnostic sect
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Ferreiro's 15 chapters examine the literary and artistic reception, throughout the early and medieval Christian periods, of Simon Magus, the messianic magician of Acts 8.
There, however, the presentation is more descriptive than analytic, and the focus is less on Simon Magus than on Simon Peter.
examines how a number of heretics and heresies mentioned by Jerome in his letter to Ctesiphon (including Simon Magus, though he is not the focus of this chapter) lived on in the Pelagians and the Priscillianists.
466) did much the same in his compendium of heresies, from Simon Magus again to the Nestorians of his own day.
My purpose is to compare and contrast how writers appropriated the patristic "types" of Simon Magus and Nicolas of Antioch and adapted them to condemn Islam as heresy and denounce their immorality.
6) From this single source the majority of subsequent Greek and Latin Fathers either expanded or repeated verbatim the view that Simon Magus was a heretic so that by the fourth and fifth centuries he was considered the "perpetrator of all heresies," according to Jerome and Vincent of Lerins.
Irenaeus presented Nicolas as one of several heretical "successors" of Simon Magus.
51) The most likely possibility is the Fall of Simon Magus, because on the right half of this wall is Nero on his throne, with Peter, Paul and Simon Magus standing before him.
The Golden Legend tells that Simon Magus boasted that his demons were stronger than Peter's god.
9), these basics are the same, except that Simon Magus is moved away from the middle and three witnesses are placed there.
Simon Magus shares his name with a biblical magician who tried to buy his way into becoming the 13th disciple.
explains his reasons for not including material on the dubious Samaritan heretics Simon Magus and Dositheus, who have been treated by other scholars to which P.