An Israeli professor claimed Moses could have been high on a mind-altering plant when he brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai.
Professor Benny Shanon's study theorized Hebrews could have used two plants in the Sinai desert to brew a drug cocktail.
"As far as Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," he said.
Shannon, whose comments were published this week in the British journal Time and Mind, teaches cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He also suggested that Moses was probably high when he saw the burning bush. But he had no direct proof of any of his claims.
Shannon admitted he had "partaken of the ... brew about 160 times in various locales and contexts," himself, referring to use of the plant ayahuasca.
Meanwhile, scholars laughed at Shanon's study.
"The Bible is trying to convey a very profound event," Orthodox Israeli rabbi Yuval Sherlow said. "We have to fear not for the fate of the biblical Moses, but for the fate of science."
Sources: CBN News, AFP, Reuters