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This is a novel about Simon Magus who was a Samaritan magus or religious figure and a convert to Christianity, baptised by Philip, whose later confrontation with Peter is recorded in Acts 8:9-24. In apocryphal works including the Acts of Peter, Pseudo-Clementines, and the Epistle of the Apostles, Simon also appears as a formidable sorcerer with the ability to levitate and ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Holt Rinehart & Winston
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David Grieve
A fascinating book which left me wondering how much was true and how much was invented by teh author. The story concerns Simon Magus, a real person, and his travels around the middle east in the first centry AD. He was an illusionist or magician and made his name and money using these skills. Some thought too highly of his triocks and he was considered by some as the deliverer. However, this was a time of religious ferment and not everyone agreed.

This story follows Simon on his travels and his c
начебто спроба передати історичну атмосферу. начебто реконструкція релігійних суперечок. начебто ще одне переосмислення історії, яку тільки й роблять, що переосмислюють. але щоб позбутися отого "начебто", чогось йому таки бракує.
Intriguing, provocative, and bizarre. I should point out that this isn't in any way related to the movie that came out a few years ago. It took a while to really get into it, most of it dragged with no apparent purpose, and then the ending was abrupt. I can't say or explain much about it. You'd just have to read it.
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