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Encyclopedia > John Marco Allegro

John Marco Allegro (17 February 1923 - 17 February 1988) was a controversial archaeologist and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Fragments of the scrolls on display at the Archeological Museum, Amman The Dead Sea scrolls comprise roughly 800 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on...

Allegro published a translation of the Copper Scroll two years before the official version published by J√≥zef Milik. He is best known for his book, The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, in which he posits that Jesus in the Gospels was actually a code for a type of hallucinogen, the Amanita muscaria, and that Christianity was the product of an ancient "sex-and-mushroom" cult. Although recognized as iconoclastic, his scroll scholarship still carries some measure of respect among peers. In the preface to the second edition of his book The Dead Sea Scrolls, he stated his desire to build "a bridge...between the antagonistic faiths of this world." The Copper Scroll is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Khirbet Qumran, but differs significantly from the others. ... Józef Tadeusz Milik (March 24, 1922 - January 6, 2006) was a Polish Catholic priest and Biblical scholar who worked in Jerusalem in the 1950s on deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls. ... Jesus (8-2 BC/BCE – 29-36 AD/CE),[1] also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, in which context he is known as Jesus Christ, where Christ is a Greek title meaning Anointed, corresponding to the Hebrew term Messiah. The main sources of information... For the genre of Christian-themed music, see gospel music. ... In communications, a code is a rule for converting a piece of information (for example, a letter, word, or phrase) into another form or representation, not necessarily of the same sort. ... The psychedelic (from the Greek words for mind, ψυχη psyche, and manifest, δηλειν delein) drugs are classified as those whose primary action is that of enhancing or amplifying the thought processes of the brain. ... Binomial name Amanita muscaria (Linnaeus) Hook. ... Literally, iconoclasm is the destruction of religious icons and other sacred images or monuments, usually for religious or political motives. ...

He studied Semitic languages at Manchester University, and Hebrew dialects at Oxford University. Trained for the Methodist ministry, he eventually became devoted to debunking the story of Jesus.

External links

  • Obituary: Skeptic Tank Text Archive File
  • Minnesota State University biography of Allegro

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John Allegro and the Christian Myth - By Judith Anne Brown (3991 words)
John Allegro observed the way the Jesus story echoed events and ideas in Gnostic literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament, and he identified the doctrine of divine light as the unifying theme.
John Marco Allegro was the first British representative on the international team of scholars who gathered in Jerusalem in 1953 to collate the thousands of scroll fragments from Cave 4 by the Dead Sea.
Allegro had earlier suggested that in philological terms the Word could be identified with the seed of the old storm-god, which gave fertility to the earth (The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, Hodder and Stoughton 1970, p.
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