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The spiritual heart of many esoteric societies, the Temple of Solomon was located on top of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site venerated by the three great monotheistic religions as the intersection of Divine and human. Built by King Solomon at the peak of ancient Israel's power, the Temple of Solomon housed the golden Ark of the Covenant in its Holy of Holies, a sacred chamber where one could communicate directly with God. Centuries after the temple's destruction, the Temple Mount was used as the headquarters for the Knights Templar during the Crusades and countless legends have come down through the centuries about the secrets they may have uncovered there, including discovery of the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant. Richly illustrated with biblical and Masonic illustrations, photographs and ancient and modern paintings - many from rare archives - this book explores the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament and Apocryphal writings as well as its role in the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah and Muhammad's visionary journey from the Temple Mount through the heavens. Seeking to understand the powerful desire of many religions and secret societies to re-create the temple through ritual and prayer, James Wasserman explains why it was built, the magical forces King Solomon may have used in its creation, what its destruction meant for Jews and Christians alike and why the Knights Templar as well as several modern secret societies named their orders after it. Detailing the sacred architecture of this perfectly proportioned mystical edifice through words and art, the author reveals the Temple of Solomon as the affirmation of God's presence in human affairs, the spiritual root of Western culture and an important monument to the Divine nearly forgotten in today's secular times but sorely needed to bridge the divide between our ancient past and our spiritual future. . Examines the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and Apocryphal writings . Explores its role in the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah and the teachings of Islam . Explains the sacred nature of the Temple Mount--the site of the Temple of Solomon--and the secrets that may still be hidden there . Richly illustrated, including many photos and images from rare archives A comprehensive and lavishly illustrated book about the history of the Temple of Solomon from a historical and cultural perspective and drawing on many Old Testament books and other historical sources. The significance of the Temple is present in esoteric and secret societies, for instance as an archetype in the rites of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar and in the teachings of the Kabbalah and Islam. The author proposes that the Temple represents the affirmation of God's presence in human affairs as well as being the spiritual root of Western culture. This is surely the definitive work on the subject. David Lorimer, The Scientific and Medical Network UK
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With colorful paintings, illustrations, and photographs all throughout, The Temple of Solomon is a strongly recommended pick for community and library religion and history collections.