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It has also fascinated the Biblical scholar and the archaeologist in their attempts to prove the existence of the Temple and the Bible story of King Solomon. All through history this subject has produced an air of mystery which seems to defy a positive solution.
The Masonic scholar, willing to spend the time and effort, can spend hours of research on almost any one of the many features of King Solomons Temple and still end on a note of mystery admitting that the subject is incom- plete and more research is needed.
An ex- ample to illustrate this point is the reference in the Second Degree which refers to the wind- ing staircase, which we are led to believe existed in King Solomons Temple. Although there is but one reference to the winding stair- case in Masonic ritual, it has been made the central feature of the Second Degree which every Fellowcraft Mason must symbolically ascend in order to make his advancement in the degree.
As all Masons will recall, the reference is made to advance through a porch, by a flight of winding stairs to the middle chamber, there to receive his wages. The details very clearly give a winding staircase leading from the porch way entrance up through the Temple Sanctuary to the upper floors.
This reference contains a number of specific and positive statements which we are apparently asked to accept as facts. They are 1 that there was a winding staircase in King Solomons Temple; 92 that it was approached through an entrance from the porchway; and 3 that the workmen on the building ascended these stairs to receive their wages in the middle chamber.
The serious researcher will find that writers of the Charges and ritual of the craft were apparently more interested in the dramatic effect on the candidate than they were on historical accuracy.
Biblical scholars and archaeologists differ widely as to the interpretation placed both on historical and the archaeological evidence dealing with King Solomons Temple and in particular, with the passages dealing with the staircase, but its fairly safe to say that neither the Biblical scholar nor the archaeologists would support the specific statements made in the Masonic ritual of the Second Degree.
As of today, the only historical evidence relative to the building of Solomons Temple is found in three different books of the Old Testament and in the writings of Josephus.
Of these writings, it is generally accepted that the version in the First Book of Kings is both the oldest and most reliable description we have of the Temple.
Our interest here is the mention of the winding staircase. The passages relevant to the winding staircase are found in Chapter 6 of the Authorized Version, which is probably the one used by the ritualists who composed the Lecture on the Second Degree.
First Kings, Chapter 6, Verse 1: And it came to pass in the four hundred and eighti-eth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomons reign over Israel, in the month Zip, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.
And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle; and he made chambers round about.
And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither; so that there was neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house; and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber and out of the middle into the third.
The description above clearly states that there were winding stairs, but an examination of the text finds inconsistencies in the pas-sages themselves and serious discrepancies are noticed between our Masonic ritual and the scriptures above.
An example is in Verse 8 which places the entrance door for the middle chamber in the right side of the building. It continues by stating that the stairway went from the door to the middle chamber and on up to the third chamber. No mention is made to an entrance on the ground floor.
The description, which parallels the Kings version, omits all references to the chambers except for Verse 9 which states: And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold It is widely accepted that the upper chambers in Chronicles are the Side chambers mentioned in Kings.
Notice that there is no mention of a winding staircase. The third description is found in the Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel came from a priestly family and some researchers think could have lived at a time which would have enabled him to have seen Solomons Temple first hand.
However, at the time of his writing, the Temple had been destroyed by the Babylonians. The parallel passages of the above quoted from Kings and Chronicles are to be found in the 41st Chapter of Ezekiel, but differs from the other two. Ezekiel, Chapter 41, Verse 6: And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers around about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.Nice to see some good comments on this Book of Enoch subject.
I read the Book of Enoch that is in English a while back. It started out real good and if stayed that way throughout the book I would be much more inclined to believe it was inspired. Introduction Looking back at some of the earliest years of Gods chosen people, we can see that worship played quite a significant role in the everyday lives of the people.
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