Phoenician Secrets of King Hiram and Hiram Abiff

 

                             

   
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Phoenician Secrets

Phoenician Secrets

King Hiram, Hiram Abiff

and King Solomon

When Solomon's Temple was built in 966 BC, two men from the Phoenician city of Tyre played major roles. They were King Hiram and his master mason Hiram Abiff. The Old Testament of the Bible and the Jewish Tanakh recorded many details of the contributions these men made in raising this remarkable temple that still evokes strong feelings in many people today.

These three men also play major parts in the rituals and traditions of Freemasonry, as does the temple itself. Yet beyond those Biblical writings most people have no idea that the secretive Phoenician society had many similarities with the secretive Masonic society that traced its roots back to Solomon's Temple.

One of the most unusual Phoenician practices was their openness to people of all religions. For example in their ancient temple to Our Lady of Byblos, which existed at least since 3200 BC, they welcomed objects dedicated to the goddesses known as Hathor, Astarte and Aphrodite. They indicated places of worship only with a stone marker that looked like an obelisk, and used no graven images. In that way people of all religions could feel comfortable standing beside each other in prayer. When King Solomon asked for help to build a temple to God for worship in the Jewish manner, King Hiram of Tyre agreed  without hesitation.

It is the custom in Freemasonry for men of all religions to stand beside each other in prayer. They then participate in secret meetings, and form a close brotherhood. These and several other similarities with the Phoenicians raise many interesting questions.


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Phoenician Secrets explores the long and fascinating story of the Phoenician people in more colorful and vivid detail than any book ever written. When possible it goes into the lives of individual people to bring out the richness of their society and of the major events that shaped their lives. They knew Egypt in the time of the pharaohs, Crete in the time of the Minoans, Israel in the time of David, Greece in the time of Alexander the Great, and from Carthage they contested with powerful Rome. 

The Phoenicians sailed the Mediterranean as the great sea traders of antiquity, carried vast wealth in the holds of their cedar ships, and populated many idyllic isles amid wine, music and beautiful works of art. Phoenician Secrets is illustrated with 100 photographs, drawings, maps and notable artworks that bring their story to life.

There are few history books so compelling as to leave you wanting to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Mr. Holst has done a phenomenal job in writing as well as researching the Phoenicians. I have read other books about Phoenicians in the past and was never really impressed. This one has a special way of pulling everything together so that their accomplishments make sense.

-- Dany C.

Sanford Holst's book should be a "must read!" for all those who want to learn the science and art of how a social system not only survives but thrives in an environment of great political, military, cultural, religious, and economic turbulence….

-- Anthony K.

Sanford Holst has created a fascinating, accessible and intriguing narrative of the Pheonicians. It explains how the success of trade and the necessary inventions, including the alphabet, developed in the civilizations of the Mediterranean.

-- Lori M.

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