Patrick Fabien, «La conversion de Simon le magicien (Ac 8,4-25)», Vol. 91 (2010) 210-240
The episode of Simon the magician is found in a transitional section and inaugurates a series of conversions between chapters 8 and 11. When the missionaries leave Jerusalem, they encounter new obstacles. This article focuses on Simon’s conversion: is he truly converted? As magic is very powerful and can clothe any religious system reducing it to its own vision, based on the magician’s power, the reader wonders till the end of the story. On the one hand, Philip and Simon as well as Peter and Simon are depicted in a mimetic parallelism; on the other hand, Peter denounces the magician and condemns him by ruining his reputation. At the end of the story, Simon is a deflated matamore left alone with himself. Will he change his magic vision and behaviour? No one knows but himself.