John M. Allegro – Dead Sea Scrolls Cover Up

John M. Allegro – Dead Sea Scrolls Cover Up

Uploaded by on Jul 19, 2011

Discussion about the Dead Sea Scrolls with John Marco Allegro and Ian Walker, 1984.

Please note that this audio file is supplied by the Allegro Estate to Gnostic Media for the www.johnallegro.org website. Those interested may download this interview and additional audio files from the Gnostic Media homepage (www.gnosticmedia.com).

http://johnallegro.org/


JOHN MARCO ALLEGRO
SCROLLS SCHOLAR AND FREETHINKER

A brief biography

John Marco Allegro (born in London 17 February 1923, died 17 February 1988) was a freethinker who challenged orthodox views on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible and the history of religion.

After service in the Royal Navy during World War II, Allegro started to train for the Methodist ministry but transferred to a degree in Oriental Studies at the University of Manchester. In 1953 he was invited to become the first British representative on the international team working on the recently discovered Dead Sea Scrolls in Jordan. The following year he was appointed assistant lecturer in Comparative Semitic Philology at Manchester, and held a succession of lectureships there until he resigned in 1970 to become a full-time writer. In 1961 he was made Honorary Adviser on the Dead Sea scrolls to the Jordanian government.

Allegro’s thirteen books include The Dead Sea Scrolls (1956), The Treasure of the Copper Scroll (1960), The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross (1970) and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth (1979) as well as Discoveries in the Judaean Desert of Jordan vol. V (1968) and numerous articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Palestine Exploration Quarterly and Journal of Semitic Studies, and in the popular press.

Four main issues brought Allegro into contention with other scholars:

Access to the scrolls
The Copper Scroll
What the scrolls reveal about the origin of Christianity
Controversial ideas about language, religion and mythology.

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