The Pokey Finger of God

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Moses in the High Places

March 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on Moses in the High Places · Uncategorized

According to Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, psychedelic drugs formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times. Writing in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy, he says concoctions based on the bark of the acacia tree, frequently mentioned in the Old […]

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Top Ten: Burning Bush

June 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Top Ten: Burning Bush · history

Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, […]

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Mosaic speculamation

February 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Mosaic speculamation · history

Of course, I’ve been preparing for my upcoming Moses lecture and I just can’t help myself from getting all giddy about it. There’s so much cool stuff about Moses that I keep getting distracted. Such as: What if the burning bush wasn’t a bush at all, but instead an exposed lump of radioactive material? This […]

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