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The Temple of Solomon: From Ancient Israel to Secret Societies



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Richly illustrated, with many rare images, this book explains why the Temple of Solomon was built, the magical forces Solomon may have used in its creation, what its destruction meant for Jews and Christians alike, and why secret societies named their orders after it.

Author Biography

James Wasserman is the author of several books, including The Templars and the Assassins and The Secrets of Masonic Washington. A longtime student of the occult and a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976, he lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter Levenda

Prologue The Presence of the Lord

Introduction The Key to Solomon’s Temple

Part One
In the Beginning

1    Creation and Destruction: The Garden to the Flood
2    The Patriarchs and Matriarchs

Part Two
Moses, the Tabernacle, and the Law

3    Exodus: The Freedom to Worship
4    Leviticus: The Laws of Sacrifice
5    Numbers: The Journey to the Promised Land Continues
6    Deuteronomy: The Book of the Law of the Temple

Part Three
Pre-Monarchical Leadership

7    Joshua: Subduing the Land of Israel
8    Judges: The People Depart from Righteousness
9    Ruth: The Matriarch of the Kings of Israel
10    Samuel: The Prophet Establishes the Monarchy

Part Four
The United Monarchy and the First Temple

11    The Reign of Saul: First King of the Realm
12    The Reign of David: The Warrior/Poet
13    The Reign of Solomon: The Building of the Temple

Part Five
The Divided Monarchy and the Loss of the Temple

14    The Divided Kingdoms of Judah and Israel
15    The Loss of the Kingdom of Israel
16    The Loss of the Kingdom of Judah
17    Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Last Days of the Temple of Solomon, and the Exile

Part Six
The Second Temple

18    Ezekiel’s Vision of the Temple
19    The Return from Exile and the Second Temple
20    The Second Temple in the Books of Maccabees
21    Herod’s Temple

Part Seven
The Christian Revelation

22    The Temple in the Story of Jesus
23    The New Jerusalem

Part Eight
The Temple in the Esoteric Tradition

24    The Knights of the Temple
25    The Freemasons and the Temple

Afterword Reflections on the Temple


1 A Brief History of Jerusalem and the Promised Land
2 A Suggestive Chronology of the Temple and Jerusalem
3 The Temple Holidays
4 Maps of the Holy Land




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