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Moses A Murderer And A Drug User?

It should not come as a surprise to anyone who has actually read the Bible for me to call Moses a murderer. “When Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”

Looking this way and that way to see that no one was watching, and hiding the dead body afterwards, demonstrate that Moses planned the killing and knew that was he was doing was wrong. It was murder, not something done in a bout of temporary insanity.

Was there more to the odd behavior of Moses than run-of-the-mill homicidal urges? Could drug use be involved?

Benny Sharon, a professor of cognitive psychology, suggests that Moses was doped up on a psychedelic drug made from the bark of an acacia tree. Moses the shaman?

Dependence on mind-altering drugs to obtain inspiration would explain why Moses couldn’t find his way from Egypt to Israel, even over the course of several decades. Hint to Moses: Follow the coastline!

4 comments to Moses A Murderer And A Drug User?

  • John Stracke

    “demonstrate that Moses planned the killing”

    Yes.

    “and knew that was he was doing was wrong.”

    No, it demonstrates that he was afraid of punishment if he was seen attacking an Egyptian to protect a Hebrew. He might not have been doing wrong, if this was the only way he had to save the life of the Hebrew; but the passage doesn’t give enough detail to decide.

  • I disagree, John. Even if Moses only had the very basic moral position of believing that one should not kill because one will be punished for it, that’s still a moral decision. It’s not highfalutin’, abstract morality, but it is a moral understanding nonetheless. Moses, at the very least, as proven by the passage, understood that he was likely to be punished for what would be a legal wrongdoing. He knew that the society in which he lived had declared killing to be wrong. Thus, he checked to make sure no one was watching, and he hid the body to cover up his actions. That’s planning to obscure an action, and in a court of law, I believe that would be taken as strong evidence of awareness of the immorality of the act.

    Ironic that this is the same guy who came out with “Thou shall not kill”. Why do the people who push the Ten Commandments forget so easily that their author was a murderer?

  • Iroquois

    What about smiting? Smiting isn’t very nice at all. Especially smiting slaves. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it’s okay for masters to smite slaves, but it’s not okay for slaves to kill masters. Now or thousands of years ago.

  • None

    “When Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”
    What Bible did you get this out of?

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