> Two sparks issued from the Cherubim that shaded the Ark, and
> these killed all the serpents and scorpions that crossed the
> path of the Israelites, and furthermore burned all thorns that
> threatened to injure the wanderers on their march through the
> desert. The smoke rising from these scorched thorns, moreover,
> rose straight as a column, and shed a fragrance that perfumed
> all the world, so that the nations exclaimed: "Who is this that
> cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed
> with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?"
Ever burnt an ant with a magnifying glass (or sun dish)? Ever pointed that same device at a rose bush, smells lovely.
> The Legends
> of the Jews
> By Louis Ginzberg 
> This is a massive collation of the Haggada--the traditions
> which have grown up surrounding the Biblical narrative. These
> stories and bits of layered detail are scattered throughout the
> Talmud and the Midrash, and other sources, including oral.
> Immanuel Velikovsky who worked alongside others to establish
> the Hebrew University in Jerusalem wrote in his controversial
> book ‘Worlds in Collision’, that when Nadab and Abihu the sons
> of the high priest Aaron, who unprepared offered ‘strange fire’
> before the Ark were both killed when lightening went up their
> noses and burnt a hole in their faces, causing injuries so
> severe that they had to be hidden from the community by
> wrapping the bodies in their tunics, for fear that the sight
> of them may have caused a rebellion against the god of Moses.
Ever wondered what a big magnifying glass (or sun dish) would do to someone's face? It is indeed a strange fire, no flame, but things burn.
> Abba Jose ben Dosetai taught that that Nadab and Abihu died in
> Leviticus 10:2 when two streams of fire came forth from the
> Holy of Holies and divided into four streams, of which two
> flowed into the nose of one and two into the nose of the other,
> so that their breath was burned up, but their garments remained
> untouched (as implied in Leviticus 10:5). (Sifra Shemini
> Mekhilta deMiluim 99:5:7;Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 52a.)
white garb remains pretty much unburnt, anything else darker would burn.
The light from the fabled Israelite shamir could undoubtedly split into four streams of light. Try it you may see the light.
These stories become easier to understand once you build an Ark and Shamir. Shame about the layer upon layer of nonsense.