This may get some of our readers excited.
An Israeli academic has claimed that the Decalogue is the result of an hallucinogenic trip that Moses took up on Mount Sinai.
When Professor Benny Shanon, professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem read the account of Moses receiving the 10 commandments it brings to mind a trip he took on a hallucinogenic drug while journeying in the amazon. And this where he got the idea that the Moses did something similar.
I reckon the good professor is still high on something or that drugs have fried his brain cells.
The Ten Commandments have stood the test of time since time immemorial and are a pretty succinct set of rules for building a functional and civil society.
If everybody obeyed them, which they don't of course, we wouldn't need any other laws would we? Nor the infrastructure to enforce them.
And he reckons they are drug induced?
Anyway this theory has been around since the sixties at least. Everything from ergot poisoning to magic mushrooms have been invoked to explain Moses experiences on Mount Sinai.
And a quick check of Google reveals that Professor Benny Shannon was born in 1948, meaning that his formative years occurred during the psychedelic sixties.
At least the theory that Moses met an astronaut from another planet up there on Mount Sinai was more original than the drug theory.
Sold a lot of books too. But nothing approaching the number of Bibles that are sold every year.