Catholic Dictionary

Term

SIMON MAGUS

Definition

A magician who must have been exceedingly skillful, because many Samaritans attributed divine powers to him. He became a Christian and was astonished at the miracles performed by Philip, Peter, and John. He incurred Peter's wrath by offering money to him to learn the Apostle's secrets. Peter's angry reprimand frightened Simon, and he begged Peter to pray for him (Acts 8:9-24).

See Also: SIMONY