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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.
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Simon Magus

tried to purchase apostolic powers; whence, simony. [N.T.: Acts 8:18–24]
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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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Chapter 1 presents an overview of various traditions about Simon Magus, demonstrating that later traditions were often developed independently of those represented in the NT and early Christian apocrypha.
The ecclesiastical historian and last great Antiochene theologian, Theodoret of Cyrus (c.393-c.466) did much the same in his compendium of heresies, from Simon Magus again to the Nestorians of his own day.
With these words, she suddenly pulled a ball of thread from her heaving bosom and threw it out of a large window, but keeping the end of the thread in her hands: then in a loud voice, audible to all, she said, "Catch!" At the word, she was lifted out the window in rapid flight, sustained, we believe, by the ministry of the evil spirits that once caught Simon Magus up in the air.
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.
Following such forgettable films as Shooting Fish, Simon Magus and Resurrection Man, the low point came in 1999, when director Peter Jackson fired him from Lord of the Rings after only one day of shooting due to "creative differences".
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It is therefore in an Eckhartian perspective, which presupposes a certain leniency and even sympathy, towards the phenomenon of heresy, that I am going to give a survey of `the other side of Christianity', from the Acts of Simon Magus, `father of heresy', to the dawn of the second millennium, while exposing the medieval period in greater depth.(1)
She falls for the charms of Rutger Hauer in the upcoming movie Simon Magus.
This 'Wulfstanian' version of the Passio is considerably shorter than either Blickling 15 or AElfric I, 26, being a highly condensed narration of the confrontation between the apostles and Simon Magus, up to and including Simon's attempt to fly.
He exorcised evil spirits, did miracles, confronted Simon Magus; he was a hero who escaped miraculously from prison.
The methodology of Conchis invokes yet another interpretation of "magus." Conchis's use of Lily/Julie in his attempts to convert Nicholas to a religion of life is reminiscent of the methodology of Simon Magus, an early Christian heretic important enough to be mentioned by name in the Bible.
Possessors of the 'apocalyptic imagination' make use of four 'keys' identified by the authors: they impart universal allegorical significance to the details of St John's book while at the same time relating them to specific historical circumstances; they perceive evil as an exact perversion of good; they erase the distinctiveness of individuals to the point where the likes of Antichrist, Nero, and Simon Magus become interchangeable buddies; they have a weakness for number symbolism.