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The Connection Between Mushrooms and the Bible

Have you ever wondered how mushrooms are connected to the Bible? Mushrooms have a long, fascinating history intertwined with the Bible’s stories. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various ways in which mushrooms are referenced in the Bible and other ancient texts.

Jesus and the sacred mushroom

Mushrooms in Biblical Texts

Mushrooms are mentioned multiple times throughout the Bible, appearing in both Old and New Testament passages as metaphors for life, death, and resurrection. Most notably, in John 12:24 Jesus says “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” This is often interpreted as a metaphor for Jesus’ own death and resurrection—a concept which is further illustrated by several references to mushrooms throughout the Bible.

One of these references can be found in Job 30:4-5, where God speaks to Job about “those who pluck saltwort from among the bushes…and those who pick mandrakes from among the rocks.” Mandrakes are a type of mushroom that grows on rocks and has long been associated with fertility rituals in many cultures. This suggests that there may have been some connection between mushrooms and fertility rituals within ancient Israelite culture as well.

In addition to being used as metaphors for life and death, mushrooms also appear throughout the Bible as symbols of abundance or sustenance. For example, Psalm 104:14-15 describes God providing food for humans through “the green herb” (which could refer to mushrooms), while Deuteronomy 8:7-8 speaks of God providing manna from heaven—a type of mushroom believed to have fallen from the sky during biblical times.

sacred mushroom and the cross

Finally, there are also several references to hallucinogenic mushrooms throughout biblical texts—most notably in Ezekiel 47:12 where God promises that his people will eat “all kinds of new fruits” that grow on trees by riverside (which could potentially refer to psychedelic mushrooms). It should be noted however that these references are largely speculative and no definitive conclusion can be reached about their meaning or significance at this time.


From metaphors for life and death to symbols of abundance or sustenance, mushrooms have a long history intertwined with biblical texts. Whether they were used as metaphors for Jesus’ resurrection or simply symbolic representations of sustenance provided by God, it is clear that mushrooms had an important role to play within ancient Israelite culture. For mycologists and researchers alike, exploring this connection between fungi and religion can provide valuable insight into our understanding of both fungi biology and religious history alike!


-Larker

 

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