The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East

By John Marco Allegro

The place did God come from? What do the bible tales particularly let us know? Who or what used to be Jesus Christ? This e-book demanding situations every thing we predict we all know in regards to the nature of faith. ? The old fertility cult on the center of Christianity ? The dwelling strength of cultic rites and logos ? The sacred mushroom because the logo and embodiment of divinity ? The mystery that means of biblical myths ? The language of faith that hyperlinks us to our ancestors The Sacred Mushroom and the pass units out John Allegro's quest via a genealogy of languages to discover the reality approximately the place Christianity got here from.

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Ass, mendacity among the sheepfolds; and he observed a resting— position that it used to be stable, and the land that it used to be candy (na’imah) ; and he positioned his shoulder to the load, and it was once for him a worker’s labour (Gen forty nine: i4f. ). Now, in such oracular snatches we've word-play of a really dil&rent order from these talesjust quoted. and since they're facing the true meanings of the tribal names, as detailed from the fanciful performs on meant Semitic roots, we've got hitherto been at a ioss to appreciate a number of the references and allusions. Now finally we will be capable of commence breaking them down, however it may be no effortless job. when you consider that they ceased to be understood from a relatively early time, the possibilities are that the various keywords could have been replaced in the course of transmission. fortunately oral traditions aren't so vulnerable to swap as these that are handed on by means of the written notice. kids will consider a poem or music through middle with out inevitably realizing each be aware. all of us have no doubt questioned in our adolescence why a “green hill” may still desire a “city wall” besides. So for hundreds of years the songs and oracles of the previous testomony could have come down precisely by means of observe of mouth although their dialects had ceased for use, or the phrases have been conducted in their unique territories. however there'll come a time while the poems will locate written shape, and the scribes will puzzle over varieties and phrases relatively unusual to them. they'll bet at their meanings and the following and there replacement DAVID, EGYPT, AND THE CENSUS extra universal phrases, or maybe upload the colloquial “explanation” along the unique. The modem researcher has to attempt and type out the several literary strands. but when he himself has misplaced the foremost — relating to the oldest Hebrew writings, the character of the cult from which they got here — there's little he can do yet wait and desire that extra archaeological or philological discoveries might shed new gentle at the issues of trouble. regrettably, whilst the writings develop into the critical fount of authority for an additional faith, or a wayward improvement of the previous, there's a temptation to make experience of the inherited scriptures in any respect issues, and at any expense. In such situations uncomplicated ideas of grammar and syntax, and a unfastened admittance of lexicographical lack of knowledge, too usually collapse sooner than the necessity for pious exposition. to come to Issachar, “crouching among the sheep-folds”. Deborah’s taunt rests upon a wordplay at the Sumerian mushroom identify, *LI... MASh.. BA(LA)ANTA.. TAB.. BA.. RI, learn as “why are you resting (Semitic sh—b—kh, “be nonetheless, at peace”) within the pasture? ”26 the following line of the Jacob Blessing: “and he observed a restingplace and it used to be solid . . . “ supplies a extra visible play at the Adonis mushroom identify Na’iman (Semitic n—’—m, “be sweet”). 27 The final word: “it was once for him a worker’s labour” (Hebrew mas-’öbEd) presents an excellent example of a transformation made within the textual content at a few level while the unique observe grew to become dialectally out of favor. 28 The textual content most likely first learn mas-palakh and was once meant as a play on MASh-BALAG of the mushroom identify.

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