Israeli study says Bible a drug induced dream.

The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is running an article based on the work of Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University, who states that he believes that Matan Torah and incidents such as the burning bush indicate a likelihood of a drug induced dream.

Dr Shanon states that early Hebrew culture was based around drugs (has anyone else ever heard this?), citing religious rituals from South America as evidence:

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

He states that he believes a drug-high is the only probable explanation for the experiences of all 3 million people at Mt Sinai, simultaneously and collectively:

“…As far as 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…”

Personally, I would have thought this to be the least likely explanation, as getting 3 million people to all take drugs together, then having them all have the exact same experience and reaction sounds pretty darn unlikely. Impossibly unlikely, one might say.

In any case, it’s probably the only article you’ll read on the ABC any time soon, which doesn’t overtly say “Jews are evil”.

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