Kaneh Bosem and the Bible

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    Greetings, friends. I'm new to these boards and this is my first post....

    Through personal observation and study, I've come across the theory that cannnabis was once an integral component of early worship. (For instance, cannabis is reportedly mentioned in Ex. 30:23 but but some believe King James mistranslated it as 'sweet calamus'):

    Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. (Exodus 30:22-29)

    It would seem to me that, if accurate, the above suggests that God of the Old testament may not have been as disinclined toward the use of active sacraments in worship as is currently accepted by the main stream. At that point, is it really so difficult to believe that Jesus may have followed this tradition as well?

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    Greetings to you to, i did some looking up about the word in exodus and found some info see what you think.
    Heb., qa·neh´].​

    The Hebrew qa·neh´ is the original source of the English word "cane" (as well as of the word "canon"), and qa·neh´ is often translated as "stalk" (Ge 41:5, 22), ‘branch’ (Ex 25:31, 32), or "reed" (1Ki 14:15). In certain texts, however, either the context or a modifying word indicates that an aromatic plant is referred to, and qa·neh´ is thus translated "calamus" (Ex 30:23)

    Among the ingredients used in preparing the holy anointing oil was "sweet calamus," the sweetness referring to its odor, not its taste. (Ex 30:22-25)

    The English word "calamus" is derived from the Greek ka´la·mos, used by the translators of the Greek Septuagint to render the Hebrew qa·neh´. Like the Hebrew word, ka´la·mos also has the basic meaning of reed or cane, whereas the English word "calamus" today is used principally to refer to the sweet flag (Acorus calamus) or its aromatic root.

    Regarding the sweet cane, or calamus, of the Hebrew Scriptures, many scholars prefer to identify it with an aromatic reed grass of India, such as Cymbopogon martini, a perennial grass whose leaves when crushed produce a fragrant oil known as ginger-grass oil. Other varieties of these Indian grasses produce citronella oil and lemongrass oil. while some kind of aromatic reed or cane is meant, the plant’s precise identification remains uncertain

     
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