Simon Magus

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Simon Magus

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1. (Biography) 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
2. (Bible) 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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