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The Manna Machine is a 1978 book by George Sassoon and Rodney Dale, based upon ancient astronaut theory. The book concludes that a machine had been given to the Israelites, when they went on their forty year journey in the Sinai Desert.
The device is said to have created manna, which is thought today to actually be a type of algae. This explains how the Israelites survived their forty year wandering journey in the Sinai Desert. It is said by Sassoon and Dale that a nuclear reactor used to power the manna machine was stored within the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was supposed to have powered the machine to run continuously, producing manna for six days. On the seventh day, the machine would be taken apart for cleaning so it could run the following week. This is where the Sabbath, the holy day of rest, is thought to have originated. This knowledge was preserved within the Jewish Kabbalah that the authors claim to have correctly decoded.
- Sassoon, George; Dale, Rodney (1978). The Manna Machine. London: Sidgwick and Jackson. ISBN 0-283-98435-X. OCLC 4641788. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
- George Sassoon, Rodney Dale, "Deus est machina?" in New Scientist, 1 April 1976, pages 22-24 (Volume 70, Number 994) ISSN 0028-6664
- George Sassoon, Rodney Dale, The Kabbalah Decoded: A New Translation of the 'Ancient of Days' Texts of the Zohar (Duckworth, 1978). ISBN 0-7156-1289-1