Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quick thought on John Allegro (from an LJ commenting responding about his rep in gnostic studies/philological circles)

My understanding is that Allegro's work is a mix of serious scholarship and mental illness. I'd be curious to see a breakdown of what's real philology and what's now regarded as fantasy or just incorrect, especially in terms of the speculative stuff about altered states of consciousness. Could be he turned up a lot that will be useful to future study of ancient language describing ASCs, even if he had the wrong approach trying to get to "religion's origin is mushrooms."

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