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Simon Magus
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Simon Magus – often also referred to as Simon the Magician or Simon the Sorcerer – is the archetypal heretic of early Christianity. He is first mentioned in the New Testament, which forms the basis and motivation for further individual depictions in noncanonical texts, and by church writers later. Because of his behavio…

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Kraus, Thomas J., “Simon Magus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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