John Marco Allegro

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John Marco Allegro

England 1923 – 1988


Comments: archaeologist ; Dead Sea Scrolls scholar; The Copper Scroll ; ethnomycologist; hallucinogenic mushrooms as the basis of Christianity, very radical; didn't believe the Dead Sea Teacher of Righteousness was a reference to Jesus; Jesus is a code for the the Amanita muscaria mushroom; specialized in the biblical works known as pesharim in the scrolls 4Q158–4Q186; Gnostic; protested the secrecy and delay in translating the Dead Sea Scrolls, suggesting it was deliberate by the Christian Team members, as the discoveries did not match Church teachings;


Teachers: Dr. Albert Hofmann, Father of LSD; R. Gordon Wasson; Professor Roger Heim; Prof. H.H. Rowley; Godfrey Driver; Gerald Lankester Harding; J.T. Milik ; Roland de Vaux; Hugh Schonfield, author of According to the Hebrews (A new translation of the Jewish Life of Jesus, the Toldoth Jeshu, with an Inquiry into the nature of its sources and special relationship to the lost Gospel according to the Hebrews), 1937 ;


Students; Dr. Timothy Leary ; Baba Ram Dass aka Dr. Richard Alpert; Ralph Metzner; Ken Kesey; Terence McKenna; Dennis J. McKenna; Carlos Castaneda; Judith Anne Brown; Roland Griffiths, of John Hopkins School of Medicine; David Nutt, of Imperial College; Stephen Ross, of New York University Tisch Hospital ;


Friends: F.F. Bruce;

Enemies: John Strugnell; Dr. Jerome Jaffe, 1st drug czar;

Organizations: the University of Manchester ;

Author: "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross - A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East"; The Treasure of the Copper Scroll, 1960; The Dead Sea Scrolls (1956); The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls (1958); The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth, 1979; The Treasure of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 1960 ; The Shapira Affair, 1965; Discoveries in the Judaean Desert of Jordan V: 4Q158–4Q186, 1968; The Chosen People, 1971; "Further Messianic References in Qumran Literature", 1956; More Unpublished Pieces of a Qumran Commentary on Nahum, 1956; More Isaiah Commentaries from Qumran's Fourth Cave, 1958; Fragments of a Qumran Scroll of Eschatological Midrashim, 1958; Further Light on the History of the Qumran Sect, 1962; Search in the Desert, 1966;



Resources: http://www.johnallegro.org/ ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Marco_Allegro ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/14/psychedelic-mushrooms-facts_n_6083436.html; http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/16/magic-mushrooms-can-improve-psychological-health-long-term/;