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The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Christopher Knight has a degree in advertising and graphic design and is the managing director of a marketing and advertising agency. In 1976 he became a Freemason.
Robert Lomas is the co-author of The Hiram Key, The Second Messiah, and Uriel's Machine. A Freemason, he lectures at Bradford University in England.

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Henry Ford once declared that ‘all history is bunk’. It may have sounded a little abrupt but when it comes to the ‘facts’ of the past which most Westerners are taught in school, it turns out that Mr. Ford was right.

Our starting point was a private piece of research to find the origins of Freemasonry — the world’s largest society that today has almost five million male members in regular Lodges and has in the past included many great men amongst its number, from Mozart to Henry Ford. As Freemasons, our goal was to try to understand a little about the meaning of Masonic ritual: those strange, secret ceremonies carried out by mainly middle-class, middle-aged men from Huddersfield to Houston.

At the center of Masonic lore is a character called Hiram Abif who, according to a story told to every Freemason, was murdered almost three thousand years ago at the building of King Solomon’s Temple. This man is a total enigma. His role as the builder of King Solomon’s Temple and the circumstances of his horrible death are clearly described in Masonic history, yet he is not mentioned in the Old Testament. For four of the six years we spent working on this research, we believed that Hiram Abif was a symbolic creation. But then he materialized out of the mists of time to prove himself very real indeed.

Once Hiram Abif emerged from the distant past, he provided nothing less than a new key to Western history. The intellectual contortions and labored conclusions that have previously formed Western society’s collective view of the past gave way to simple and logical order. Our researches led us first to reconstructing the ancient Egyptian kingmaking ritual of four thousand years ago; that in turn led us to uncover an assassination that took place around 1570 BC, which gave rise to a resurrection ceremony that is the direct antecedent of modern Freemasonry. As we tracked the development of this secret ritual from Thebes to Jerusalem, we uncovered its role in the building of the Hebrew nation and in the evolution of Jewish theology.

In startling contrast to what is currently held to be fact, the Western world actually developed according to a very ancient philosophy encoded into a secret system that has come to the surface at three key moments over the last three thousand years.

The final proof of our findings may well turn out to be the archaeological find of the century. We have located the secret scrolls of Jesus and his followers.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781931412759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931412759
  • ASIN: 1931412758
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Steven Wiles on January 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of evidence out there that the 'traditional' Christian view of World History is at best inaccurate, at worst deliberately distorted. And possibly this is the definitive and most accurate account yet of how things actually happened. The problem is, it's impossible to tell from this work. Badly sourced and referenced, this is a work that fails to meet all accepted standards of academic and scholarly argument. In particular the authors have a nasty habit of confusing terms like 'possible' with 'proven'. There are numerous occasions within the book where a theory is presented as a possible interpretation of events - so far, so good. The problem is that on the next page a sentence will begin along these lines 'As we have already proven...' and the possibility is now upgraded to an established fact. Once would be a problem, but their argument as a whole consists of a linear trace through history, which ends up as a heap of suppositions all transformed like this into facts, tottering on top of one another. Remove ONE of these guesses and the whole edifice comes down. In many other places ideas are presented as accepted facts, when a closer reading (on your own initiative, and not at the authors instigation, as most of these are unsourced) reveals that the point in question may be hotly contested or dismissed by most scholars. There are some nice ideas in the book. Some of it may be right. But personally, I found that from about page 70 onwards I was reading it as I would a novel, suspending disbelief, with every few pages causing a sharp intake of breath as another conclusion is drawn without the help of Occams Razor, or another supposition metamorphasises into fact over the course of a few paragraphs. Read it by all means, but keep your critical faculties handy at all times.
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118 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2001
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I read The Hiram Key a few months ago and I cannot in any number of words say how interesting it was. I was raised in a very strict church that believed only in a literal translation of the Bible. The content of The Hiram Key shocked me. Instead of being turned off, I read hungrily. Believing the authors to have honorable intentions, I finished the book and then researched every avenue I could via the footnotes,etc. It all proved out.I was amazed at how long some of this knowledge has been out there and how long it took to come to the eyes of the general public. I am 48 years old and feel released for the first time in memory. I finished The Second Messiah last week and last night started Uriel's Machine. Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas are refreshing, intellegent, courageous and so much more. I will read anything they write and wish I could share with them the dept of effect they have had on my family and many of our friends. Of course, I read the other reviews that would make them out to be of the devil or some such nonsense as that and surely there are many who would agree. It is threatening to read substantive material that flys in the face of all the beliefs that make up our eternal retirement plan. Truth doesn't set everyone free. Everyone can't handle the responsiblity. Hurray for these men and thank you so very much.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Marc L. LeRoux on October 10, 2005
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I have read many of these reviews and some of the fiercest criticisms as well. Almost uniformly the critics seem to read as live people I have met who are Christians who become quite shrill when certain newer historical concepts are mentioned or written about. But in the interest of my own satisfaction, I went back and researched a few of the cheif complaints.

It turns out that many of the criticism repeated over and over are nothing more than petty objections to historically controversial "facts" that historians have debated for a long time. The existence of Nazareth is one example. Yes, you can find it on maps of the first century period because their is much assumption that it existed then. But the town is not mentioned in the Hebrew texts, not in Josephus, nor in the Talmud. Jerome in the 5th century says that it was a vicilus or mere village of perhaps a couple hundred people. It was a satellite of the larger city of Sepphoris four miles away. To add to that, the respected historian Zindler argued as did many others, that Nazareth did not exist in the first century. He cites Paul, Josephus, the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud as well as the statement that the brow of the hill near Nazareth is not steep enough for someone to be thrown off and killed, referring to Luke 4:28-30. Add to all this the very diverse historical evidence of an active Nasoean sect and the Ebionites who seemed to be the real source of Jewish "Christianity" - rejected by the Paulinians and you have just the beginning of what is really an much more complex historical setting than just saying one thing or another and sticking to it for two thousand years.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By ismarc ( on August 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While authors Knight and Lomas can get dangerously speculative at times, their conclusions are plausable.
The Hiram Key persents many theories to complete it's 'presented' history; and while it's unlikely that all of their speculation is true many of the statements undoubtably are correct.
The prinicpal value of the Hiram Key would be to as a starting point for further academic research in an environment that lends itself to such study (ie, a University). To the casual reader it might spark an interest in other works on related topics.
Unfortunatly, due to it's speculative nature and controversial subject matter, this book will come under fire (with whatever ammunition) is available ) by those who find the topic offensive or dangerous. But, despite it's speculative nature I would reccommend the material to anyone willing to further thier understanding of either Free Masonry or the modern Christian church.
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