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Monday, October 17, 2005

This Is Unlikely

According to The Guardian (seen via Reality Carnival), the annointing oil mentioned in the Bible may have included cannabis since one of the ingredients can be transliterated “kaneh bosem.” I find that hard to believe. According to Ezekiel 27:19, kaneh bosem (whatever it was) had to be imported. Cannabis, on the other hand, is a weed that will grow anywhere. In the absence of legal restrictions, there is no need to import it.

I suppose the next claim will be that the Bible commands us to listen to rags since shmata is a continuation of sh'ma …


Blogger Milhouse said...

Huh? This is nuts. K'neh means "cane of", and Bosem means "perfume". K'neh Bosem thus means an aromatic cane. Any resemblance to cannabis is entirely in the drug-addled mind of the Grauniad's reporter.

Your Ezekiel reference, on the other hand, simply says Kaneh, cane; this might not necessarily be the same as K'neh Bosem.

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