Skip to comments.Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher
Posted on 03/04/2008 1:31:40 PM PST by Anti-Hillary
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.
He also better invest in an asbestos suit and jumbo size water bottle, cause he is going to need it when he leaves this planet.
The author is projecting.
Hehehe - that was exactly what I was going to post!
There’s another explanation: the author of this cockamamie story is a moron.
He was snortin crack and smokin LSD.
I’m sure the author has very solid evidence for this. Not. Do these people seriously think they rise above the level of a college “bull session”?
Moses was just trip’n bump.
Its so aggravating when BS gets taken seriously. This dude deserves to be Coultered - Shut the hell up you stupid *ag.
” Israeli researcher was high on drugs: Holy Moses!”
Several of my acquaintance who claim to have seen Jesus or angels were cold sober at the time and are not druggies in real life. One was at a funeral of an in-law at the time. Others were in prayer or meditation. A third was sitting by the side of the road after a car breakdown.
Is there evidence to support this claim, or is Shanon relying on leftist faith to reach this conclusion?
I won’t hold my breath waiting for him to announce MUHAMMED was high on drugs, also. I would guess he would be scared to do that....