posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 08:44 AM
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
Originally posted by 1nOne
Why are the rites of Freemasonry like encrypted hieroglyphs, meaning hidden from the public eye?
Because it is a private orginization.
"A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in
a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light."
OP, weigh the following:
Hiram Abiff (other spellings "Hurum", "Abif", and "Huram-Abi") is a character who figures prominently in an allegorical play that
is presented during the third degree of Craft Freemasonry. In this play, Hiram is presented as being the chief architect of King Solomon's Temple,
who is murdered by three ruffians during an unsuccessful attempt to force him to divulge the Master Masons' secret password. It is explained in
the lecture that follows this play that the story is a lesson in fidelity to one's word, and in the brevity of life.
Numerous scholars, both Masonic and non-Masonic, have speculated that the character may have been based upon one or more Hirams that appear in the
1 Kings 10
11 Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood[c] and precious stones.
12 The king used the almugwood to make supports[d] for the temple of the LORD and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians.
So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.
13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and
returned with her retinue to her own country.
14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents