+612 9045 4394
Simon Magus : The First Gnostic? - Stephen Haar

Simon Magus

The First Gnostic?

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9783110176896
Number Of Pages: 408
For Ages: 22+ years old

Share This Book:


or 4 easy payments of $67.97 with Learn more
Ships in 5 to 9 business days

This latest comprehensive work on Simon Magus lends new impetus to the investigation of Early Christianity and questions surrounding the origin and nature of Gnosticism. Major contributions of this study include: (1), a departure from the traditional exegesis of Acts 8, 5-24 (the first narrative source of Simon), and the later following reports of ancient Christian writers; (2), an overview of the literature of Graeco-Roman antiquity to determine the contribution of "magic" and "the Magoi" in the development of perceptions and descriptions of Simon; and (3), the inclusion of social science explanation models and modern estimations of "identity," in a creative approach to questions surrounding the phenomenon of Simon.

Industry Reviews

"Haars sorgfaltige Analysen der einschlagigen Texte und die Diskussion moderner Forschungsbegriffe machen das Buch zu einem wertvollen Beitrag [...]."
Jurgen Zangenberg in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 12/2005

List of Tables
Introductionp. 1
Purpose and Rationalep. 1
Structure and Methodp. 4
Outlining an Approachp. 7
History of Researchp. 10
Preliminary Remarksp. 10
Simon observed within the Debate over the Historical Value of Actsp. 11
Simon observed within the Debate over the Nature and Origin of Gnosticismp. 22
Concluding Remarksp. 31
The Sourcesp. 33
Introductionp. 33
References to the Magoi in the Literature of Graeco-Roman Antiquityp. 35
Introductionp. 35
Magoi in the Pre-Socraticsp. 36
Magoi in the Historians of Graeco-Roman Antiquityp. 41
Magoi in the Philosophers of Graeco-Roman Antiquityp. 48
Magoi in the Writers of Graeco-Roman Antiquityp. 53
Observationsp. 65
Conclusionsp. 70
The New Testament Account of Simonp. 71
Introductionp. 71
Some Textual Considerations in Acts 8:4-25p. 73
Summary Conclusionsp. 82
The Accounts of Simon in Ancient Christian Writers prior to 400 C.E.p. 83
Justin Martyrp. 83
Irenaeusp. 89
Hippolytusp. 94
Epiphaniusp. 103
The Pseudo-Clementine Literaturep. 109
The Apocryphal Acts of Peterp. 112
Summary Conclusionsp. 116
Simon the Magicianp. 132
Introductionp. 132
Magic in the Graeco-Roman Worldp. 134
Jewish Magicp. 139
Magoi in the Matthean Infancy Narrativep. 149
Simon the "Magician" and other "Magicians" in the Book of Actsp. 158
Introductionp. 158
Philip, Peter, and Simon the "Magician" in Acts 8:4-25p. 159
Paul and the Jewish "Magician" Bar-Jesus in Acts 13:4-12p. 194
Paul and the Ephesian Exorcists in Acts 19:13-20p. 209
Simon the Gnosticp. 228
Introductionp. 228
Towards a Consensus in Terminologyp. 229
The Word "Gnostic" and Its Developmentp. 229
The Word "Gnosticism" and Its Developmentp. 237
Evidence from Ancient Christian Writersp. 243
Introductionp. 243
Literary Fragmentsp. 244
Conclusionp. 294
Preliminary Remarksp. 294
The Messina Definition and Simonp. 296
Ancient Christian Writers and Simonp. 299
"Simon" on Simonp. 302
Final Remarksp. 306
Bibliographyp. 309
Index of Referencesp. 361
Index of Modern Authorsp. 381
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9783110176896
ISBN-10: 3110176890
Series: Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 16.0  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.69