Templar Lore

The Hiram Key – Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

This is the first of three books co-authored by these two active Masons dealing with the origins of Freemasonry and a corpus of hidden knowledge that occasionally rears its head as the centuries drift along.

The authors suggest that the rituals of modern Freemasonry have their origin in ancient Egypt, whence they came down through the years via the king-making rituals of the Hebrews and then fell into the hands of the Knights Templar who rediscovered them on scrolls retrieved during excavations under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem between 1118 and 1127. As precursors of what we know nowadays as masons, the Knights Templar bequeathed this body of knowledge to their successors. All well and good and a case well researched and presented, but what on earth does it all mean ?

Messrs. Knight and Lomas think they can trace the rituals back to a murder in ancient Thebes and they then take us forwards in time through the Exodus, the time of David and Solomon and eventually to the events depicted in the New Testament. Are some of the events in the Bible depictions of the Jewish version of ancient Egyptian king-making rituals? Was the esoteric knowledge that went hand-in-hand with these rituals (i.e. the science jealously guarded by the select few) recorded on scrolls and buried under the Temple Mount and did the Knights Templar retrieve these scrolls and use the knowledge contained in them to construct Europe’s great cathedrals amongst other things?

Well, the answer is nobody knows for sure, but this book is brilliantly researched and lent credence by the fact the authors are high-level practising Masons and, as such, can be presumed to have access to material you won’t find down your local public library.

So, if you’re a mason yourself, or just intrigued by what the grand pooh-bar and his mates get up to behind their closed doors, this book’s for you.


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