Christopher Knight – The Book of Hiram
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It is now thirteen years since we joined forces to research the origins and meaning of the weird rituals used by Freemasons. For the first five years we had no intention of sharing our findings with anyone – inside or out-side of Freemasonry. But because what we found appeared to be of great importance we decided to write a book about our voyage of discovery, and much to our surprise The Hiram Key became an immediate bestseller that went on to be translated into well over thirty languages.
The rituals of Freemasonry form the most ancient oral tradition of the Western world. Our quest was far from over with the publication of our first book, and we went on to write two further books that led us through history right back to the astronomy-based culture of prehistoric Britain. We found that the Freemasonic rituals formed an almost forgotten pathway through the past, linking together people and events that had previously been assumed to be unconnected. Many of our findings have challenged old ideas, but we have been pleased to receive the support of many leading scholars in various aspects of our work.
We have been fortunate to receive a great deal of help over the years, and our quest has made startling progress. However, there are two areas where we have found unexpected opposition. The first stems from the Roman Catholic Church. The second concerns our attempts to facilitate an archaeological investigation of a medieval building in Scotland that has become central to our investigation.
We became aware of hostility from the Catholic establishment from an early stage. Shortly after The Hiram Key hit the shops a small piece appeared in the Catholic Herald which was both balanced and open-minded. We were initially impressed by the paper’s ability to be objective about a book that took an innovative approach to interpreting the history of Jesus Christ. But in the next edition a second review appeared that spanned two pages, complete with photographs copied from our book and a banner headline proclaiming ‘Chris and Bob’s Bogus Adventure’. This time the article was far from balanced, full of venom for our book, for us as individuals and anyone else who was a ‘drunken’ Freemason. The aim was not to debate or even mention our findings, but to ridicule us and our views from start to finish.
Our next book received the same treatment in a double-page spread filled with aggression that avoided any comment on the key issues we had raised. Again it was clear that the reviewer had read the book with little care, because the rare references made, even to insignificant parts of the content, were completely wrong.
When our third book came out we were waiting with interest to read the next attack from this corner of the Roman Catholic establishment. We were not disappointed. The producers of the Catholic Herald published a substantial review of Uriel’s Machine with a bold headline that shouted ‘Bogus Archaeology’. This article told its readers at length that our work was complete nonsense, without ever mentioning our claims or even attempting to refute any evidence.
We find it strange that a British Roman Catholic newspaper chose to run extensive reviews on three successive books, solely in order to label them utterly bogus. Surely if a book is complete rubbish you ignore it, rather than waste time telling your readers how awful it is.
Uriel’s Machine had received favourable reviews from many newspapers, but then one appeared that was as aggressive and disingenuous as the Catholic Herald piece. Shortly after the book came out we were interviewed by someone else who used exactly the same theme for an article later carried in the Daily Telegraph. Perhaps the strikingly similar approach was simply chance, but we later found that one-time religious correspondent Damian Thompson was no stranger to the Catholic Herald.
After spending the first quarter of an hour demonstrating his comprehensive inability to operate a mini-disc recorder, Thompson spent the rest of the two-hour interview repeatedly shouting: ‘But you can’t do science like that.’
He admitted his ignorance of astronomy and mathematics; but being quite unable to understand the calculation methodology we employed did not deter him from dismissing our findings as wrong – simply because he said they were. When his article appeared it made no reference to our core thesis but juxtaposed weird claims from other people’s books with references to us, thus creating the false impression that we had said these things, or supported them in some way.
The lengthy headline read:
Minoans built Stonehenge, Atlantis is based in Antarctica, Jesus was buried in France. Welcome to the best selling world of bogus archaeology.
Strange claims indeed; none of which we would accept. Thompson went on to try and discredit our work by stating that The Hiram Key had been ‘rubbished by historians and critics alike’. He evidenced this claimed universal rebuttal of our earlier work by quoting a headline from just one publication. That headline was ‘Chris and Bob’s Bogus Adventure’. Of course the quotation, with the now familiar ‘bogus’ theme, came from none other than The Catholic Herald.
Could we be on to something so important that some people believed we must be discredited?
In April 1998 Chris was speaking at a Masonic symposium in Perugia, Italy. One evening before the event the organiser, Professor Giancarlo Seri, received a phone call from Rome. On the line was a senior figure from the Roman Catholic Church asking if it was true that one of the authors of The Hiram Key was to address Italian Freemasons. Professor Seri told him it was, asked the caller if he had read the book and, if so, what he thought of it. The clergyman’s reply was frank: ‘Yes, I have read it. It is an excellent book but there are certain things which should not be said.’ He did not say it was inaccurate (let alone bogus), indeed his only objection to our work appeared to be that we were telling people about it.
We have great respect for the Roman Catholic Church, but we also believe that nobody has the right to prohibit the investigation of alternative explanations of the past. In its dark period the Church tolerated no deviation from its account of the way the world is, murdering whole populations if it suspected them of harbouring ideas different to those it preached. From Galileo onwards it has been fighting a losing battle, but today it reluctantly accepts concepts such as Darwinian evolution.
So what is it about our humble research into the origins of Masonic ritual that seems to have touched such a very delicate nerve? We decided to find out, and this book describes our search.
The second issue that we have to contend with is the resistance to a proper archaeological examination of the fifteenth-century Rosslyn Chapel that lies in the Lothian Hills just a little
south of Edinburgh. In The Hiram Key, our quest ended at this late medieval building in Scotland that we reasoned might well contain documents originally buried under the Jerusalem Temple at the time when the earliest of the Gospels of the New Testament were being written down. We put forward an argument that Rosslyn Chapel, as it is now called, is the repository of the most important Dead Sea Scrolls, which are likely to contain direct references to a messianic individual who is now remembered under his Greek designation of ‘Jesus Christ’.
We appreciate that this is, at first view, a strange claim but it is very well supported by evidence. The key points are:
- The Copper Scroll found amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran lists the scrolls and Temple treasures that were buried beneath the Jerusalem Temple in, or immediately prior to, 68 CE.
- It is known that the nine Crusader founders of the Order of the Knights Templar continuously excavated under the ruins of that Temple between 1118 and 1128 CE.
- A nineteenth-century British army expedition that excavated under the Temple found nothing but the workings of the Knights Templar and some artifacts left by them.
- The older rituals of Freemasonry state that these knights found documents under the ruins of the Temple in Jerusalem and brought them to the St Clair estates in Kilwinning, Scotland, in 1140 CE.
- Rosslyn was built by a member of the St Clair family, between 1441 and 1490 CE.
- The same family later became the most senior Freemasons in the world as hereditary Grand Master Masons.
- The ground plan of Rosslyn is a carefully designed copy of the layout of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem.
- Dr Jack Miller, head of studies in geology from Cambridge University, confirmed that Rosslyn is built from exactly the same stone as the Jerusalem Temple.
- The west wall of the ‘chapel’ is a copy of the west wall of the Jerusalem Temple, rather than an abandoned attempt to build a great collegiate church. Dr Miller also demonstrated that this oversized west wall was a copy of a ruin, and that it could not possibly be a part of any intended building.
- Professor the Reverend James Charlesworth of Princeton University, Dead Sea Scroll expert and Albright Professor of Archaeology in Jerusalem, subsequently pointed out that the west wall exhibits deliberate design features to make it look like the architecture of the Jerusalem Temple.
- Other experts, such as biblical scholar Professor Philip Davies, have pointed out that the building is clearly not Christian and that most of the hundreds of carved figures inside are holding either books or scrolls.
- The only original inscription in the whole building is a single passage from the Book of Esdras which refers to the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple by Zerubbabel.
- The foundations are recorded to have taken four years to lay out, and it is also known that the builder kept four large chests of documents in the nearby castle. These documents were more important to him than the women of his family, because when a fire broke out he insisted that these chests were rescued before his womenfolk.
- A carving on the south wall proves a connection with Freemasonry. The layout of the pillars inside corresponds to the rituals of Freemasonry and is associated with ritual that states this is ‘the key to finding the precious thing’.
- When The Hiram Key was published one of the trustees of Rosslyn publicly stated that they would support an archaeological dig at the site if a team of world-class scholars, including leading Scottish academics, was assembled. After we took Professor Charlesworth to Rosslyn, he did exactly that and put a detailed proposal for an investigation to the trustees in early 1999. To the best of our knowledge no response has been received.
We have come to the conclusion that a proper archaeological investigation of Rosslyn is not going to happen in the near future, and hence we are not going to be able to recover the concealed documents and the secret teachings we believe they contain. The challenge we face is to get around this problem.
Our starting point is the vast amount of old Masonic ritual that has been given to us over the years by supportive Freemasons. We set about the huge task of sorting and organising as much early Masonic material as we could, and then Robert proceeded to create a major website to allow this material to be viewed in a number of different sequences. The website has proved to be an invaluable research tool for investigating the complex, convoluted and mainly discarded myths of Freemasonry.
Once all of this old Freemasonic ritual was assembled into a form where it could be scanned and searched simply, the underlying story emerged with a new clarity. A strange historical tale had been recorded in an almost random fashion across many Masonic degrees, often with considerable repetition. The historical content enabled the material to be sorted into chronological sequence to create a book, similar to a Testament of the Bible, with much that mirrors the two existing Testaments but also containing additional information only recorded in other contemporary Jewish documents such as the works of the first-century historian, Josephus.
But there was also a third layer of information that does not appear anywhere else at all. This, therefore, has to be either simple invention or some lost strand of knowledge that can shed a great deal of light on both the Old and the New Testament. We have become convinced that it is the latter of these two options.
As we started to plan The Book of Hiram we decided to restructure this material into a document that we called The Masonic Testament. This forms Part Two of this book and it is made up of passages from Freemasonic ritual assembled in chronological order. The original ritual words are used as far as possible with only linking words added to allow the underlying story to be revealed. We see it as something akin to a missing book of the Bible.
We have used The Masonic Testament as a source document in Part One of this book and footnoted it with the abbreviation MT followed by the chapter and verse concerned, (e.g. MT 16:38 for Chapter 16 Verse 38).
Readers can check the validity of The Masonic Testament by looking up the precise words of each paragraph at a publicly accessible website Robert has created at the University of Bradford.
This academic resource that we have called The Web of Hiram has now been taken on to be maintained by the University of Bradford as a research tool available to everyone.
The website provides the supporting evidence for our claims, and for the first time allows any reader with access to the Net to see the detail behind the story we tell. Now that readers can judge our claims for them-selves, it is no longer necessary to rely on the opinions of third parties.
Our findings to date have led us to believe that there is a knowledge of ancient science at the heart of the almost lost rituals of Freemasonry. In this, the final phase of our quest, we set out to find this missing science that appears to worry the Roman Catholic Church so much.
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