Simon Magus is a character mentioned in the New Testament, who was reviled by early members of the Christian church.
This strange figure from two thousand years ago plays a part in my recent thriller, The Magus Covenant. The Reverend Jotham Fletcher completes a doctoral thesis about Simon Magus and comes to Rome to give a talk at the church of Santa Francesca Romana. He discusses the man in this excerpt from Chapter 12:
“Before Philip the Deacon came to Samaria, Simon Magus was living there, doing magic and boasting that he was the Chosen One. All sorts of people were following him, even people in the upper echelons of society.
“Now let’s forward a number of years after the incident described in the Bible.
“During the reign of the Emperor Claudius, which was between AD 41-54, Simon Magus came to Rome with a group of his followers. By that stage, they were called the Simonian Sect and referred to him as a Holy God.
“Simon Magus wrote what he called the Great Pronouncement or, in Latin, Apophosis Megale. He claimed that angels made the world and that he was the saviour and power of God. He even started to do his own baptisms, claiming that it would bestow eternal life on his followers. Continue reading “Who was Simon Magus?”