Was Moses under the influence of a drug when he heard God speaking to him from the "burning bush"?
Moses spoke to God on a mountain in Edom, in what is now the Jordan Valley. A land that was later at war with the Orthodox Jewish faith yet seems to
be a place where much of the religion later evolved from. The altar of Beth-el was founded here on the mountain of Jebel Madbah. This was possibly the
first recorded Jewish place of worship. The reason why Israel and Judah went to war could well have been because of the relocation of this shrine to
the Temple in Jerusalem.
The spring of Moses was also claimed to be near to this site.
It was also supposedly at this site where Aaron was placed when he died - there is a tomb there which is claimed to be his on the mountain of
When we look at the Bible we are also told that Moses died and was interred here too:
"And die in the mount wither thou goest up, and be gathered to thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in the mount." - Deuteronomy 32:50
"And when thou hast seen it, thou also shall be gathered unto thy people as Aaron was" - Numbers 27:13
Note that "gathered"means "taken away" in the original Hebrew
This can be reasoned as meaning "to die".
We are told in the Bible that Moses was buried on either the same mountain or one very near to the one where he received the Commandments - Jebel
We are then told that Moses spoke to God through a burning bush. The mountain of Jebel Madbah is sparsely vegetated. But there is one plant that does
grow in abundance all over the Jordan Valley and this is the Thorn Apple. This is a highly hallucinagenic plant which could induce visions.
The Hebrew words used for the Burning Bush are "mikvah seneh". This actually means "bush that burns". But not in the context of actually burning
itself. If the bush was physically alight it would have been written "kiy seneh". "Mikvah seneh" means a bush that burns something else in the
same sense as a stinging nettle burns when you brush against it. The sensation of eating the fruit of the Thorn Apple could be very much described as
being akin to burning.
"And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and lo, the bush burned with fire, and the
bush was not consumed....and God called out to him in the midst of the Bush" - Exodus 3:2
Was it possible that Moses had consumed the fruit of the Thorn Apple? Did this give him hallucinations and bring out the spirituality within him much
as many fruits have done for many cultures and religions? We know that many people have used drugs to "get closer" to their Gods. Was Moses any
different? Could the foundation of the Jewish faith be based on one man's experience with the Thorn Apple?
(1.) Heb. hedek (Prov. 15:19), rendered "brier" in Micah 7:4. Some thorny plant, of the Solanum family, suitable for hedges. This is probably the
so-called "apple of Sodom," which grows very abundantly in the Jordan valley. "It is a shrubby plant, from 3 to 5 feet high, with very branching
stems, thickly clad with spines, like those of the English brier, with leaves very large and woolly on the under side, and thorny on the midriff."
It is interesting to note that this plant later became known as the "apple of Sodom". Could this also be the fruit consumed by Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden?