onsdag 18 juli 2012

Who was John Allegro?

Dead Sea Scrolls Cover Up
Discussion about the Dead Sea Scrolls with John Marco Allegro and Ian Walker, 1984.

John Marco Allegro was a member of the international team of scholars working to discifer the Dead Sea Scrolls. What did Allegro discover in the those scrolls that ruined his career when he dared write a book about it?
This book is the first to fully explore the life and ideas of John Marco Allegro (1923-1988), freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the church, the team of scholars in charge of editing the Scrolls, and most conventional assumptions about the development of Christianity. / As the first British member of the Scrolls editing team, Allegro shared the excitement, the insights, and the eyestrain of deciphering these invaluable ancient fragments. He made it possible for the Copper Scroll, a mysterious listing of treasure, to be opened in Manchester and did much to focus worldwide attention on the Scrolls as a whole. But he made his name - or gained his notoriety - by questioning orthodox assumptions about the Christian church's origins and authority. / Allegro went on challenging the establishment all his life, and he relished the arguments he provoked. For over thirty years he campaigned for open access to the Scrolls and for wider debate about their significance. To him it was a campaign for free speech and free opinion. Judith Anne Brown's John Marco Allegro is a fascinating, probing, inside account of this irrepressibly original man. Making extensive use of Allegro's letters, lecture notes, draft manuscripts, and other previously unpublished writings, Brown brings to life afresh the extraordinary discoveries and debates that began in the caves by the Dead Sea over half a century ago.

Red Ice Radio, interview by Henrik Palmgren. - theduderinok's archive - "Jan Irvin who is behind the DVD "The Pharmacratic Inquisition" and co-author of "Astrotheology & Shamanism" joins us on the program to talk about his latest book "The Holy Mushroom - Evidence of Mushrooms in Judeo-Christianity". The Book is a critical re-evaluation of the schism between John Allegro and Gordon Wasson over the theory on the entheogenic origins of Christianity that is presented in John Allegro's book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross. We begin to discuss the work of John Allegro and we then move on to talk about Gordon Wasson's work.

The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East
Where did God come from? What do the bible stories really tell us? Who or what was Jesus Christ? This book challenges everything we think we know about the nature of religion. • The ancient fertility cult at the heart of Christianity • The living power of cultic rites and symbols • The sacred mushroom as the emblem and embodiment of divinity • The secret meaning of biblical myths • The language of religion that links us to our ancestors The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross sets out John Allegro's quest through a family tree of languages to find the truth about where Christianity came from.

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