temple of Solomon

The Copper Scroll Conundrum

By Philip Coppens

In 1947 a number of scrolls were discovered in caves along the Dead Sea coast. They have gone down in history as “The Dead Sea Scrolls” and continue to be at the center of worldwide controversy. Why? Because the discovery and especially decipherment of these scrolls opened a radically different point of view on early Christianity and Judaism around the time of Christ. At the time of the discovery, some experts believed that the community that resided near­by, at Qumran, and which some have labeled…

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Cryptic Aramaic Message Found in Ancient Ritual Cup A mysterious 2,000-year-old “ritual” cup has been discovered by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Unlike similar cups which have turned up, this one has 10 lines of Aramaic or Hebrew text inscribed within it. So far, the scholars have been unable to translate the message, but they see the Hebrew word for God, YHWH, or Yahweh. The message ap­pears to be deliberately cryptic. The cup was found near the Zion gate by a team led by two University of…

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ANCIENT SCOTTISH PICTS USED GOLDEN RATIO New research into the enigmatic lost Pict people of Scotland has demonstrated that the group was much more ad­vanced than previously thought. Apparently as early as about A.D. 500 Pictish artisans and architects were using the golden section in the building of Christian chapels. For archaeologists now digging up a Pictish monastery at Port­mahomack on the Tarbat peninsula in Scotland that is an astonishing discovery. Long considered to be highly artistic, the Picts were nevertheless thought to be quite…

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Secrets of the Cathedrals

By Jan Wicherink

The Gothic cathedral architecture originated in France in the early twelfth century during the heyday of the Knights Templar. The Templars officially called the ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’ formed a knight’s order of priests who ostensibly protected the pilgrimage routes to Jerusalem. Founded in 1118 by Hugo de Payens the order originally included nine brave knight-priests. The group eventual­ly became one of the richest and most powerful in history. With the vast wealth, collected from financing the cru­sades, the…

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Gnosis & the Secrets of Solomon’s Temple

BY PHILIP GARDINER

There is a journey that we all have to take—life. It is one of those things from which there is no escape and it is the root of most ancient myths, fables and tales. In this context we open new eyes to the mysteries of our past and see them with clearer vision. We are born, it is generally thought, with no knowledge whatsoever other than some minor genetic memories, and many of us simply follow the patterns that life and our peers throw at…

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