'High' on Mount Sinai?

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  • Rabbit

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    High on Mount Sinai?

    Tue Mar 4, 11:06 AM ET

    The biblical Israelites may have been high on a hallucinogenic plant when Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai, according to a new study by an Israeli psychology professor.

    Writing in the British journal Time and Mind, Benny Shanon of Jerusalem's Hebrew University said two plants in the Sinai desert contain the same psychoactive molecules as those found in plants from which the powerful Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca is prepared.

    The thunder, lightning and blaring of a trumpet which the Book of Exodus says emanated from Mount Sinai could just have been the imaginings of a people in an "altered state of awareness," Shanon hypothesized.

    "In advanced forms of ayahuasca inebriation, the seeing of light is accompanied by profound religious and spiritual feelings," Shanon wrote.

    "On such occasions, one often feels that in seeing the light, one is encountering the ground of all Being ... many identify this power as God."

    Shanon wrote that he was very familiar with the affects of the ayahuasca plant, having "partaken of the ... brew about 160 times in various locales and contexts."

    He said one of the psychoactive plants, harmal, found in the Sinai and elsewhere in the Middle East, has long been regarded by Jews in the region as having magical and curative powers.

    Some biblical scholars were unimpressed. Orthodox rabbi Yuval Sherlow told Israel Radio: "The Bible is trying to convey a very profound event. We have to fear not for the fate of the biblical Moses, but for the fate of science."

    (Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

    Copyright © 2008 Reuters Limited.

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    And then ? It's mildly amusing that some druggies... thousands of years ago, wrote down their very cool 'mind-expanding' experiences and changed the world.

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    Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher

    Tue Mar 4, 7:02 AM ET

    High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

    Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

    "As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

    Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

    "The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."

    He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

    He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.

    Copyright © 2008 Agence France Presse.

  • bite me
    bite me

    Let's all book a trip there now! If only I was into the whole drug thing.. I swear, never in my life.

  • Rabbit

    I have a feeling John & Old Zeke were high on that stuff... when they wrote Revelation & Ezekiel.

    We ought to book an ApostaFest there !

  • DazedAndConfused

    For a couple of years now I have been telling my 'never was a JW' hubby that what is written in the Bible was written by people on the most fantastic drugs imaginable! This only confirms that.

    On the downside....he wanted to be a Minister when he was younger so that did not go over well, as you can imagine.

  • DazedAndConfused

    Rabbit, what about the book of Daniel?

  • new light
    new light

    So many of the fantastic events in the bible could be easily explained as psychedelic vision. With the right substances, many of which are all-natural, created by God if you so believe, any one of us may experience states of consciousness far greater than those of the bible's visionaries. "Jesus is just alright with me..."

  • Rabbit

    Yep! Daniel is another one...I've tried to forget.

    And Balaam's talking ass, Satan's talking sssssssss-snake and other colorful Bible characters those drugged out, long-haired, hippie type goat herders saw in their 'inspired' visions.

    Dude! Yer not gonna believe this but, Gawd Almighty was just a talkin' ta me out in th' desert! He said...

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