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The Hiram Key (The Hiram Key #1)

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s/t: Pharaohs, Freemasonry & the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus
When the authors, both Masons, set out to find the origins of the Freemasonry they had no idea they would find themselves unraveling the true story of Jesus Christ and the original Jerusalem Church. Their startling and unexpected conclusions are presented here--backed by rigorous analyses of ancie
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Fair Winds Press (first published May 1996)
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Jul 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the authors are both masons and amateur historians who have done quite a bit of research. However, the more amazing the claim, the more proof is required. This book should have had at least 20 pages of bibliography of primary and secondary source material, along with an 'Additional reading" section if it wants to be taken seriously. There was no bibliography of any kind, and what references the authors make as the basis for their claims were done using footnotes throughout the text, without so m ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this at an interesting period of my life where things I know I no longer know if I know for sure. This book only added to questions I have about life, God, and what we really know about history.

Although, the purpose of the book is to show the lineage of the Masonic order, which it does convincingly, it also discusses iconic biblical figures such as Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and, extensively, Jesus. This book illustrates these acnient figures, who I have been taught to revere and resepect,
Chuột Thổ cẩm
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Lịch sử của Tam Điểm - hội nhóm nổi tiếng nhất thế giới được 2 tác giả (đều là Freemason) tóm lược trong cuốn sách dài chưa tới 500 trang, kéo dài qua các mốc lịch sử đặc biệt từ thời Sumer tới Ai Cập cổ đại kéo qua sự hình thành của dân tộc Do Thái rồi lại tới sự hình thành của Qumran Community và rồi là Jerusalem Church rồi Roman Catholic Church, hội Hiệp sĩ dòng Đền và kết quả là hội Tam Điểm to khủng bố như hiện nay. Điểm lý thú (nhất) của cuốn sách là những nghiên cứu dựa trên các dữ kiện l ...more
Tyler Anderson
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
If you're looking to see where Dan Brown stole all of his dim-witted bulls#!t from for that debacle of a book that has wasted more paper than the IRS, read this book! I give it two rather than one star, because at least it's a hoot to read. But these guys have absolutely no grasp of any structure for research or historical method, and it jumps from one completely hapless and misguided "ergo" to the next. Air is 21% oxygen, ergo Freemasonry was formulated by ancient Egyptians. You get the idea.

J.P. Ashman
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just love being able to read about such subjects when other people have gone to great lengths to research ;-)
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stunning revelations! Really enjoyed it!
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: occult
This book is very interesting and of very entertaining and agile reading. The authors know the art to express their ideas in a simple, straightforward and compelling way. You could almost say that it reads like an adventure novel.
They present theories very consistent and logical at first glance about several mysteries such as:
-The origin of Masonic rites dating back to ancient Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
-The legend of the murder of the temple of Solomons builder, Hiram Abif, is based on
Anthony Schwartz
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great book which touched on so many subjects that ultimately made me feel almost overwhelmed. The information came in like bullets, 'there is a second jesus', 'the shroud is from a templar' etc.
Though, most of the book is based on the imaginary connection between 2,000 years of symbolism. The biggest mistake that they make in my view is that over time, symbolism, even if held in strict hidden social societies, has been consistent to them. This is by far the truth. Sure symbolism can
Michal Gregor
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am happy to say that I have seldom read anything as stupid as this. To this day I feel rather sorry for supporting the authors by buying this rubbish of theirs. Their argument is quite ridiculous, inconsistent, contradictory and unsupported by any evidence whatsoever.

That being said, you may find reading this rather entertaining if you happen to enjoy Däniken, Arnošť Vašíček, Ivo Benda and similar geniuses.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fortean-stuff
Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, both Masons, set out to find the origins of Freemasonry and ended up at Rosslyn.

An interesting study of the history of Freemasonry, but they allow their speculations to get more than a bit wild.

Nice pictures of the inside of the chapel though.
Stephen Hergest
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The Hiram Key, by Freemasons Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, is a work of speculative non-fiction in the tradition of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh’s The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (which though uncredited, likely inspired Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code). It documents their quest to discover the answers to two mysteries of Masonic ritual: the nature of the “lost secrets of Freemasonry,” and the identity of Hiram Abif, whose assassination and resurrection figures significantly in their ...more
Ethan Hval
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I gave this two stars but don't let that fool you! This was a highly entertaining read that poses fun questions with no answers that can be found in reality. That's where the lower rating comes into play. You see, it's fine to speculate to use the powers of our imaginations to envision the distant past and to make connections to our present and future. It is not ok to pass this off as historical fact. The authors think very highly of themselves and seemed flabbergasted by their own with and inge ...more
Chris Craddock
What? No Rosicrucians? Also no Atlantis, but all the other occult and secret societies were checked off: The Essenes. The Gnostics. The Shroud of Turin. Francis Bacon. Isaac Newton. James, Brother of Jesus. Thomas, Twin of Jesus. Joseph, son of Jacob. Ezekiel. Origen. Bishop Clement of Alexandria. Constantinople. Moses. Jethro. Jacques De Molay and the Knights of Templar. George Washington. Benjamin Franklin. Abraham. The Egyptians. The Sumerians. Mesopotamia.
Actually, really a lot of good info
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd categorize it as Alternative History.
A lot of the time the authors say "this is speculation" and then use that as the basis for their next 'logical conclusion'. The style isn't entertaining enough to have this be a purely for pleasure read but it was interesting information even if you have to take it with more than a few grains of salt.
I wish there was more in text citation and diagrams/images.
Len Northfield
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I managed about 60 pages, but the lack of scholarship, combined with the huge cognitive leaps, the inconsistency, and the contradictions, tied in to the total absence of understanding of history, theology, anthropology, literature, psychology, and archaeology, means this book is a pile of ill-informed and ignorant suppositions, dressed up as research. I couldn't continue. Which is a shame, as there's so much potential here.
Nadima El-khalafawi
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Some really interesting ideas and theories in this book but I feel the authors were making some pretty strong claims at times without having concrete proof. I definitely would read any follow up books about the excavation at Rosslyn if it ever takes place!
Haluk İrten
İlginç bir kitap olmakla beraber ileri sürülen tezlerde bir yerlere varmak için sanki biraz fazla zorlanılmış. Ama bence okunmalı.
Intriguing historical mystery with many threads and dead ends. Much is common with The Templar Revelation (Picknett & Prince) insofar as investigation of Templars. Mandeans of southern Iraq receive detailed attention in both books as possible ancient contacts for Gnostic material.
Feb 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
I started this book about 3 years ago when my husband got it as a Christmas present from his sister. The first three chapters are really captivating about the history of Freemasonry. But then it gets sketchy. I quote from chapter 13, page 267:
"Some years earlier, when we had first developed the theory that the Knights Templar had found something under the Temple ruins, we had stared backwards to a gulf of over a thousand years wondering what might have been placed there to find. Now we had recon
Boniface Wolfsong
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
The theory put forward in this book rests on a very important linchpin, as they state here: "One of the strangest and yet most important in our reconstruction of the Babylonian exile was the prophet Ezekiel... Ezekiel was the architect of the imaginary or idealised Temple of Yahweh, and we would argue that it was the most important of them all!"

However, most scholars disagree with them as they state, "Many twentieth-century experts have concluded that these works were the output of several much
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Easily the densest book I've ever read. The authors go to great lengths to establish the depth of their research, and at times it can completely obliterate the prose.

The basic theory of this work is that Jesus was a Freemason, at least of some sort, and that Masonry goes back at least that far. The authors claim that the "raising" of Lazarus was not actually bringing him back from the dead, but was an allegory akin to teh "raising" of a Master Mason.

Not may people believe in the theories in the
Steve Cran
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this one. The book starts off with the authors tryign to figure out the origins of masonry and the rituals there in. Thier journey takes them back through time all the way to Egypts when the Hebrews were still slaves in Egypt. Apparentally Sequenare the Pharoah of Thebes during Hyskso occupation had the secret ritual that officailly made one king of Egypt. Appophis sent some to geet the secret from him but Sequenare would not budge. He was killed. Later Masonic ritual depicts t ...more
Joanne Maidment
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I felt that although it raised some interesting points of thought and clarification it was mainly assumption with no real substantial evidence or thought behind them. It was frustrating when they said they are not going to make the evidence fit their hypothesis or thesis but I felt that more often than not that is what they tried to do despite their being more than one option or possibility for the ideas placed forwards

I acknowledge that concrete evidence can never be provided for what is being
John Szalasny
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
As a novel, it's more a four star book. As a book that has claims to historical research, it's a two star book. The dichotomy of the ratings is entirely based on the lack of documentation - footnotes are rare, and usually not from a scholarly source (one, for example, comes from the guide book for Roslyn Chapel) . The authors, however, present a plausible explanation for the foundations and rituals of Freemasonry.

Their research takes them back through Biblically recorded Judeo-Christian history
Laura Weakley
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
For a book which continually touts its scholarship, well... if it was turned in as High School Thesis, I would give it an F. There were many mistakes made, and not even close to enough references as to where information came from. This is because not only did the authors make a lot of conjectures, but they also were not logical assumptions. Funny how throughout the book, they keep writing about how they asked others if their conjectures were logical, and how they did a lot of research.
I marked
Aug 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
I started reading this book almost 3 months ago. But then I picked up a book for book club and read that, then I read another book, and another book, and another book... you get the picture. Then last week, I came back with renewed gusto and determination. And now I've set it down again. But instead of putting on my nightstand so I could guiltily be reminded that I haven't read it yet, it has been shelved in the living room. Here's why: It is rather dry reading, written very much like a textbook ...more
Kelly Feldcamp
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: masonry
Am interesting read. Knight and Lomas weave a convincing "history" of freemasonry starting with Ancient Egypt, through King Solomon's Temple, to Jesus Christ, through the Knights Templar and on to modern Freemasonry, with plenty of more stops along the way.
In reality, the "history " they weave is built on a great deal of speculation, combined with hints at evidence. Like many pseudo-historians, however, they mistake evidence for proof. Many of their threads can easily have gone in other directi
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it
The author's take the freemasons and the origins of things like the Knights Templar and put together a conspiracy theory that is interesting. Despite this, their arguments lack proof. The proof they do provide is sketchy and not completely verifiable. They also paint their ideas to seem like fact when they need to do a better job of pointing out that this is just a thought, belief , idea, theory that they developed. They paint a different picture of Jesus as " one of the pillars of the qumran ch ...more
Jun 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I read much but not all of this book. This book appears to be poorly researched although the authors often say that "they read this or they discovered that" yet never actually cite the sources of any of these "major discoveries". There may be those out there that will say that the authors cite several sources however those that are cited only reinforce minor premises in the book. Couple with this the fact that many so called discoveries are mere conjecture and others are leaps of l ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
c 1996: FWFTB: freemasonery, scrolls, secret rites. Read during the period that I was reading all sorts of religious conspiracy stuff and supposed research together with some 'heretical' stuff. It was an interesting read but I didn't quite buy some of the leaps in logic that Knight and Lomas made. But, just because of the content, I would recommend to the normal crew. I have to be candid though and mention that I really wanted to shelve it under fantasy! Naturally, the Freemasons have soundly de ...more
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Christopher Knight, born in 1950, has worked in marketing, advertising, and public relations. He joined the Freemasons in 1976 and grew interested in studying their rituals and history, which led to Knight writing the bestselling The Hiram Key. He has continued his study of rituals through time.

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