John Allegro always had several projects on the go. He wrote dozens of articles for the popular press on the Scrolls and their significance; gave lectures, radio talks and interviews; and made films for the BBC and other television companies. Some of these – for example, the opening of the Copper Scroll – he took with his own ciné camera. One documentary about an expedition to Jordan, Search in the Kidron, was mostly filmed on location by expedition members who were keen photographers. Others were TV company productions.
The Lively Oracles, a play written jointly by John Allegro and Roy Plomley, was staged at Huddersfield in April 1966.
Other projects, all overtaken by events or other work, included:
- Son of the Star: the story of Simon Bar Kocheba’s rebellion, ending in AD 132
- Josephus: a study of his life and work
- Folk Tales from the Bible: John’s own translation of various Old Testament stories
- Sharing God: a series of short talks for radio or a newspaper column
- Sex and Religion: a study planned to cover many different cultures
- The Tyranny of the Creed: a historical study, starting with the Gnostics, based on the inherent conflict in institutional religion between personal inspiration and authoritarian structure.
There were also several novels and stories which failed to find a publisher.