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SIMON MAGUS

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

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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