Popular Press about John Allegro

Below is a partial list of popular press and news articles regarding John Allegro. The idea here is not to have a complete list, but to provide those interested with a chronology of what was taking place in the press over time.

The articles from the 1960s show the progression of John’s work through the Dead Sea Scrolls, and beginning October 14, 1967 we see the day the American press first broke John’s theory that “Christianity’s roots lay in drug-taking cult.”

Some articles from the 1970s make thoughtful criticisms of the Sacred Mushroom theory, though most are highly antagonistic and dismiss his scholarship without argument.

Many North American newspaper articles about John Allegro and his books may be found at www.newspaperarchive.com

1950’s Era

  1. Tri-City Herald Sunday, November 23, 1958 Pasco, Washington
    John Marco Allegro which is the story of the discovery of the Scrolls and the…

1960’s Era

  1. Oakland Tribune, The Sunday, January 31, 1960 Oakland, California
    John Marco Allegro, Man- chester’ University Biblical authority just returned from Jordan
  2. Lethbridge Herald, The Sunday, March 20, 1960 Lethbridge, Alberta
    Professor John Marco Allegro, a Manchester University Bible expert just back from Jerusalem…
  3. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Saturday, January 28, 1961 Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
    The Treasure of the Copper Scroll, by John Marco Allegro. Is the result of seven…
  4. Greeley Daily Tribune, The Friday, April 13, 1962 Greeley, Colorado
    John Marco Allegro, 8, lecturer in Semitic philology at Manchester University. He o join…
  5. Wright County Monitor, The Thursday, March 14, 1963 Clarion, Iowa
    THE TREASURE OF THE COPPER SCROLL by John Marco Allegro Remember the Dead Sea Scrolls…
  6. Times Recorder, The Sunday, June 21, 1964 Zanesville, Ohio
    John Marco Allegro could be for you, First he author tells conversationally low an…
  7. Independent Star-News Sunday, November 29, 1964 Pasadena, California
    John Marco Allegro. .This account of the most mysterious of the Dead Sea Scrolls….
  8. Ada Evening News, The Sunday, February 28, 1965 Ada, Oklahoma
    Adult non-fiction Includes “The Shapira Affair” by John Marco Allegro, “Albert Schweitzer’s…
  9. Charleston Gazette, The Thursday, September 29, 1966 Charleston, West Virginia
    published a decade ago, and more recent- ly by John Marco Allegro in an article in Harper’s…
  10. News, The Saturday, October 14, 1967 Frederick, Maryland
    Theory Supports Bible Drug Cults John Marco Allegro – Christianity’s roots lay in drug-taking cult
  11. Daily Herald Wednesday, March 20, 1968 Chicago, Illinois
    John Marco Allegro deals with the question of two parchment strips which may be part…

1970’s Era

  1. Winnipeg Free Press Monday, February 16, 1970 Winnipeg, Manitoba
    It is written by John Marco Allegro, 47, a Manchester University lecturer in Old Testament…
  2. Valley News, The Friday, March 27, 1970 Van Nuys, California
    Sacred Mushroom of is the topic of a presentation by R Gordon who began research in…
  3. Daily Kennebec Journal Monday, May 18, 1970 Augusta, Maine
    John Marco Allegro, contrversial lecturer on the Old Testament at Manchester…
  4. News-Herald Monday, May 25, 1970 Panama City, Florida
    Sacred Mushroom and The Cross.” Moses, Abraham, of these men ever existed, con
  5. Van Nuys News, The Friday, June 05, 1970 Van Nuys, California
    The controversial book is by British philologist John Marco Allegro. “The Sacred…
  6. Time Magazine, Jesus as Mushroom, June 8, 1970 Click here
  7. Toronto Telegraph Saturday, June 20, 1970
  8. Freethinker Saturday, June 27, 1970
  9. Humanist, The July 1970
  10. Chicago Daily News Saturday, August 15, 1970
  11. Derrick, The Saturday, August 22, 1970 Oil City, Pennsylvania
    Dinberg will react to Allegro’s “sacred mushroom cult” thesis. The fellowship meeting…
  12. Canberra Times Friday, August 28, 1970
  13. Chicago Sun-Times Sunday, August 30, 1970
  14. Canadian Churchman September 1970
  15. Winnipeg Free Press Saturday, September 26, 1970 Winnipeg, Manitoba
    This is in line with my own verdict on The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross as a…
  16. British Weekly, The Friday, October 16, 1970
  17. Times Recorder, The Sunday, October 25, 1970 Zanesville, Ohio
    Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, by John M. Allegro. So the Kids are Revolting by…
  18. Oakland Tribune, The Sunday, November 01, 1970 Oakland, California
    Sacred Mushroom and the in which he claimed that Christianity was merely a…
  19. Humanist, The February 1971
  20. Independent Press-Telegram Saturday, February 06, 1971 Long Beach, California IN A BOOK called “The Sacred Mushroom and The which has outsold many good religious…
  21. European Stars And Stripes Thursday, March 11, 1971 Darmstadt, Hesse
    In the same article, the magazine blasted Allegro for his book “The Sacred Mushroom…
  22. Lincoln Star, The Monday, August 23, 1971 Lincoln, Nebraska
    Allegro also now says that Judaism is rooted in a sacred mushroom cult. The 49-year…
  23. Oneonta Star, The Saturday, September 04, 1971 Oneonta, New York
    Eastern cultures also associated with eating a sacred mushroom which induced…
  24. Press-Telegram Thursday, September 09, 1971 Long Beach, California
    sacred mushroom is somewhat reminiscent of the “startling revela- tions” of…
  25. News Journal Thursday, September 30, 1971 Mansfield, Ohio
    Libary: “Sacred Mushroom and the Cross” by John Allegro, “Me and the Orgone” by Orgone Bean…
  26. Post Standard, The Monday, August 23, 1971 Syracuse, New York
    Allegro also now says that Judaism is looted in a sacred mushroom cult. The 49-year-old
  27. Daily Kennebec Journal Friday, May 12, 1972 Augusta, Maine
    Nancy Bassford, 26 Salem, pleaded guilty to wilful concealment and paid a $75 fine She concealed a book…
  28. High Times, Super Fly – The Toadstool that Conquered the Universe, by Tom Robbins, December 1976 Download

1980’s Era

  1. Churchman, The October 1984
  2. Syracuse Herald Journal Saturday, June 08, 1985 Syracuse, New York
    John Marco Allegro some Christian Bible scholars may be covering up information that would…
  3. Intelligencer, The Tuesday, February 23, 1988 Doylestown, Pennsylvania
    Alle- in his 1970 book Sacred Mushroom and the con- tended that Judaism and Chris…
  4. Post Standard, The Friday, February 26, 1988 Syracuse, New York
    Burial Sacred Heart Cemetery Calling hours Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. HOLLIS…