According to Benny Shanon, a cognitive psychologist teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Moses was under the influence of drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. And so were the Jews accompanying him. The funny theory was published on the 5th of March 2008 in the British journal Time and Mind and spread around the world.
In his opinion, two plants that grow in the Sinai Peninsula contain psychedelic substances similar to the hallucinogens still used today in the Amazonian jungle, a drink called ayahuasca being extracted from these plants.
Benny Shanon thinks that the descriptions of Exodus - lights, thunders, trumpets – are classic images told by people under the influence of drugs. Professor Shanon admitted that he used such substances in the Amazonian jungle, in 1991, and experimented visions with religious connotations.
Here are a few of his ‘arguments’ as expressed on Radio Israel:
“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 effects of narcotics […] in advanced forms of ayahuasca inebriation the seeing of light is accompanied by profound religious and spiritual feelings […] I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations.” It would be interesting to know if Benny Shanon is still experiencing this sort of visions.
In the following lines I will also present a few pieces of information from the Bible refering to the events lived by Moses and the Jews, of which, so many people retain only a burning bush. Sad but true.
1) Moses frequently met the angel/ spaceship of God – Yahweh/ Anu – on Mount Sinai and in other locations:
a) Moses was tending his flock when they first met and he wasn’t on drugs at all. There is no mention in the Bible whatsoever that the Jews were walking around while being high on drugs.
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God (God is a Hebrew plural which refers to the Anunnaki/ Elohim – their spaceships frequently landed on that mountain – A/N). There the angel (the spaceship – A/N) of the Lord (Yahweh/ Anu – A/N) appeared to him in flames of fire from a bush (a description in the terms of their times – A/N). Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up (the projectors of the spaceship – A/N). So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up.’
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’
And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’
‘Do not come any closer,’ God said ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. (The Russian academician Alexander Mikulin explained this request: the appearance of a spaceship is associated with a series of extremely intense electrical fields, their negative effects can only be removed by ‘earthing’, respectively, in Moses’ case, walking barefoot – A/N) (Exodus 3:1-5).
b) A new landing of Yahweh/ Anu’s spaceship:
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