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on 15 June 2014
John Allegro was a heretic or defector from the clique who processed or delayed the processing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Allegro's book can be seen as a welcome relieve from the insistence of both academic and popular writers that religion in the ancient world was an inevitable progression towards the modern religious orthodoxies with divergent heresies and cults relegated to the footnotes.

That said there is much to question in Allegro's book. It is one thing to suggest that religion, as it emerged at the start of settled agricultural life in Mesopotamia, was a fertility cult, but quite another to say that this was still the case in other parts of the Fertile Crescent thousands of years later. There is also no recognition of the fact that there was more than one type of psychoactive plant or plant parasite in the area, or other ways of acheiving altered states. In general, the book may be thought to depend too much on linguistic material, unqualified by reference to other historical evidence.
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on 23 November 2012
Excellent. Shame on the people who decided the author was a "bad" person. For all enquiring minds, read this book it may open a door for you.
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on 3 June 2015
Love the book
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on 21 August 2014
Interesting concept, but this book left me feeling flaccid with all of Carl P Ruck's phallic related, open-ended theories that seem as disconnected as a botched circumcision.
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on 6 December 2015
Very pleased with book and delivery time
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on 20 October 2014
Got this book after it was constantly alluded to on a podcast I heard, with great promise

actually, it didn't live up to the promise, as much as it has in it. I think the basic idea that spiritual revelations are linked to hallucinations following people eating common foodstuffs is absolutely compelling, but the disappointment came when the author tries to cram a huge number of words and expressions from all over history and religion into etymology/innuendo that suggests everything is mushrooms. There's a lot of diligent comparison of ancient languages to show how a lot of things may have meant mushroom/been slang for mushrooms/be a secret allegory for a mushroom - but it gets a bit thin, and so think that a lot of people will find themselves arguing against the aspertions made

I think it is all done sincerely, and there's some interesting stuff in here, but a modern edited version would be much better. This is like a first draft without awareness of the reader
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on 10 October 2014
Good read
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on 15 October 2013
Every now and then an author comes up who truly looks deep and then writes about it to let us know some truths which at most hurt. To be able to get so much info in one book that's worth it in itself let alone when the subject matter is not one which many authors like to get into unless you are John M Allegro.
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on 16 March 2015
Great book - everyone should read.
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on 11 October 2014
The book is very much more of an academical study of languages and particular words than it is a deciphering of the new testament texts and what they were really trying to convey. There is a part of that to the book but its mainly about the root of the words used and their mushroom origins. In conclusion there is probably something to it..(that Christianity is basically a cover up for the mushroom cults of the day)
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