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Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher
Breitbart ^ | 3-4-08 | Breitbart

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.


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KEYWORDS: drugs; exodus; godsgravesglyphs; mental; moses; sinai
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The author is high on drugs.

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.

1 posted on 03/04/2008 1:31:41 PM PST by Anti-Hillary
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To: Anti-Hillary

The author is projecting.


2 posted on 03/04/2008 1:33:46 PM PST by HoustonTech
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To: HoustonTech

Hehehe - that was exactly what I was going to post!


3 posted on 03/04/2008 1:35:11 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (IX-XI -- numquam didici)
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To: Anti-Hillary

There’s another explanation: the author of this cockamamie story is a moron.


4 posted on 03/04/2008 1:35:14 PM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: Anti-Hillary
Just say Moe.

5 posted on 03/04/2008 1:35:24 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Anti-Hillary

He was snortin crack and smokin LSD.


6 posted on 03/04/2008 1:36:02 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Anti-Hillary

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”?


7 posted on 03/04/2008 1:38:11 PM PST by Williams
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To: HoustonTech

hmmmm


8 posted on 03/04/2008 1:38:14 PM PST by altura
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To: Anti-Hillary

Moses was just trip’n bump.


9 posted on 03/04/2008 1:38:59 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Anti-Hillary

Its so aggravating when BS gets taken seriously. This dude deserves to be Coultered - Shut the hell up you stupid *ag.


10 posted on 03/04/2008 1:39:01 PM PST by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: Anti-Hillary
My thoughts.
11 posted on 03/04/2008 1:39:27 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Anti-Hillary

” Israeli researcher was high on drugs: Holy Moses!”


12 posted on 03/04/2008 1:39:29 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: I see my hands
?

This Moe?


13 posted on 03/04/2008 1:40:28 PM PST by Gil4
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To: Anti-Hillary
he himself has dabbled with such substances.

No kidding.

14 posted on 03/04/2008 1:40:49 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

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.


15 posted on 03/04/2008 1:41:21 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq. It's called 'al-Qaida in Iraq.' " —John McCain)
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To: Anti-Hillary

self-reference phenomenon


16 posted on 03/04/2008 1:41:45 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: 2Jedismom

LOL


17 posted on 03/04/2008 1:41:54 PM PST by ZinGirl
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To: Anti-Hillary
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.

Is there evidence to support this claim, or is Shanon relying on leftist faith to reach this conclusion?

18 posted on 03/04/2008 1:43:58 PM PST by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: Anti-Hillary

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....


19 posted on 03/04/2008 1:46:15 PM PST by HD1200
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To: Anti-Hillary
Drugs on the streets of Egypt millenniums ago? It’s some awesome piece of investigative work we have here! I think Moses was a heavy cellphone user, too. Fried his brain talking 24/7.
20 posted on 03/04/2008 1:47:14 PM PST by alecqss
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To: The_Republican

This infidel must pay! He has blasphemed the name of the holy! We must RIOT! WHERE IS RAGE BOY WHEN WE NEED HIM!

Oh, he said Moses, not Muhammed.......never mind.


21 posted on 03/04/2008 1:47:35 PM PST by HD1200
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To: Anti-Hillary
Such pronouncements from secularists who admit to past drug-taking are beyond nonsensical.
22 posted on 03/04/2008 1:47:53 PM PST by Creek Injun
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To: HoustonTech

Projecting, indeed.

It alsom makes the ancient Israelites out to be a bunch of dumb jerks who couldn’t tell when a guy is high or not.

Your’s Truly,
The Woim


23 posted on 03/04/2008 1:47:53 PM PST by The Woim (I'm The Woim!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Must have been high when he parted the Red Sea too.

sheesh!


24 posted on 03/04/2008 1:48:06 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (Who would you rather appoint lifetime judges, Barack Hussein Obama or McQueeg?©®™)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Time to invest in acacia futures ...


25 posted on 03/04/2008 1:52:35 PM PST by JmyBryan
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To: Anti-Hillary

What hallucinogenic plants were available in the desert of the Sinai 3000 years ago? It is a DESERT.


26 posted on 03/04/2008 1:52:53 PM PST by LambSlave
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To: Anti-Hillary

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1980171/posts


27 posted on 03/04/2008 1:59:32 PM PST by BradtotheBone
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To: Anti-Hillary

Questions are what type of bush was burning and did Moses inhale?


28 posted on 03/04/2008 2:00:48 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

High on Mount Sinai
Well duh, it is 7500 ft high you know.


29 posted on 03/04/2008 2:00:59 PM PST by SF Republican (Conservatives wanted all or nothing, and they got it.)
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To: JeeperFreeper

“... Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.” The boy needs to put the pipe down and step away from the laptop long enough to ... FEAR GOD ... For it is the beginning of wisdom and this sad sack appears to need a mega dose of smarten up before he gets a severe case of ‘whupass’ unleashed on him..


30 posted on 03/04/2008 2:02:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Williams
"I’m sure the author has very solid evidence for this."

Interestingly, the "Word of God"TM went into acacia (shittim) even if it did not come out of it.

"And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof."
Exodus 25:10
31 posted on 03/04/2008 2:03:33 PM PST by ndt
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To: Anti-Hillary; alecqss

Moses’ adoptive mother and her entourage DEFINITELY had access to “blue lotus” which is commonly and mistakenly referred to today as “white lotus”, it should be called blue water lily, Nymphaea caerulea. None the less it’s extract is a powerful narcotic that was central to Egyptian religious ritual during the age of Moses.

Now was Moses hauling a secret stash he picked up in a souk before fleeing Egypt, and did he use it while on top of Mount Sinai? I’m not saying that.


32 posted on 03/04/2008 2:05:30 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: BibChr

I had not visited your blog, Dan. Nice job!


33 posted on 03/04/2008 2:05:58 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Gil4
He liked his canaanabis.

34 posted on 03/04/2008 2:07:28 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: MHGinTN
Thanks! Sometime drop by my BIG (team) blog.
35 posted on 03/04/2008 2:08:15 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Mike Darancette

I know you’re joking around, but there hasn’t been any archaeological proof that the elites in Egypt were using cannabis in religious ceremonies at the time of Moses.

Also opium can be ruled out as it wasn’t introduced to Egypt until the 7th or 6th century BC.


36 posted on 03/04/2008 2:08:16 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: Anti-Hillary

So let me get this straight. Benny found the body of Moses, did DNA tests, and empirically found that he was a druggie? Uh, yeah, Benny. Now put down the syringe and nobody will get hurt.


37 posted on 03/04/2008 2:08:45 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

You said what I was going to say. Only they don’t make asbestos that thick nor water bottles large enough.

Logically, the author is asking me to believe that someone in a chemically-induced psychotic state produced a cogent, far-reaching and encompassing set of rules that apply through the ages.

Sorry, my faith isn’t that strong. It is much easier to believe that God gave Moses the 10 Commandments and we would do well to heed them.


38 posted on 03/04/2008 2:08:46 PM PST by Jemian ("I hate the media." ~~ Kayak)
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To: LambSlave

Doesn’t peyote or some other such grow in desert environs?


39 posted on 03/04/2008 2:11:39 PM PST by Williams
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To: Williams
His belief is his evidence. At least in his monkey slappin’mid.
40 posted on 03/04/2008 2:11:47 PM PST by isrul
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To: HoustonTech
The author is projecting. Yeah, and he gets paid to do it. Whatever happened to "a mind is a terrible thing to waste"? I know that was for the poor disadvantaged Black, er I mean, African American youth, but it still applies. Wonder what his course study was to get his degree....
41 posted on 03/04/2008 2:12:13 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

if Moses was on drugs then ‘stone tablets’ must have been mistranslated. i didn’t know the pharmaceutical companies were making tablets back then!


42 posted on 03/04/2008 2:12:35 PM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: Anti-Hillary

And the burning bush was nothing but marijuana speaking.

Yeah, lets re-write some more history.


43 posted on 03/04/2008 2:18:34 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

What drugs make your face give off light for days?


44 posted on 03/04/2008 2:21:42 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: BibChr

Ah, loved ‘the story’ ... one wonders what the dr. johnson’s of the Christian world are thinking! Seems they’re not ‘in’ the Christian world, first of all.


45 posted on 03/04/2008 2:22:08 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: I see my hands

Lol! But God didn’t let him go there, remember?


46 posted on 03/04/2008 2:23:53 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: HD1200

No, the old buggerer Mohammed was a perfectly sober calculator, who knew exactly what kind of evil tale he was spinning.

(Just like LRon Hubbard and various other cynical pricks.)


47 posted on 03/04/2008 2:23:59 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: Anti-Hillary
My wife had a prof in college that said that the Apostles were a bunch of stoners too. He said that Jesus was just the result of dabbling with magic mushrooms.

He stopped dead in his tracks when my wife asked him to identify exactly what types of mushrooms grow in a desert climate.

48 posted on 03/04/2008 2:25:50 PM PST by verga (I'm not an apologist I just play one on TV)
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To: Anti-Hillary

No way...it just didn’t happen!!!!

Everybody knows that it was my wife that came up with the 15 commandments.


49 posted on 03/04/2008 2:28:02 PM PST by Gator113 (America traded away the possibility of a dream, for what is certain to be a nightmare.)
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To: The Woim
It alsom makes the ancient Israelites out to be a bunch of dumb jerks who couldn’t tell when a guy is high or not.

Ya think the Mormons were a bunch of dumb jerks for following Joseph Smith who was visited by the angel Moroni and subsequently following Brigham Young across the country enduring extreme hardships
50 posted on 03/04/2008 2:29:50 PM PST by uncbob
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