"The Amazing Simon" Is Amazed

Acts 8:9-17 ~ “The Amazing Simon” is Amazed!

This week we were introduced to Simon (a.k.a. “Simon the Sorcerer” and “Simon Magus”), and according to Simon himself “Someone Great!” Although there is not a lot of information about Simon in the Bible, early church fathers wrote about him with enough detail that we are able to sketch his character and his beliefs and his contribution to the gnostic heresy.

We examined a variety of reasons the apostles sent Peter and John to Samaria, as well as the significance of their “laying on of hands” so the Samaritans would receive the Holy Spirit. We also discussed the curious interpretation of the words “bewitched” and “amazed” in the King James Version.

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Acts 8:9-17 ~ “The Amazing Simon” Is Amazed!

Simon Magus; Simony; Peter & John; Holy Spirit; Samaritan Pentecost

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Greek-English Interlinear of Acts 8:9-13
Click the graphic below, and you will see that the three Greek verbs (highlighted) translated as “bewitched” and “wondered” in the King James Version in verses 9, 11, 13 are from the exact same root. They have different endings due to the tense and person, but it’s the exact same verb in all three places. You can visit this page on BibleHub.com here: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/acts/8.htm

Acts 8 - Interlinear
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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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