The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus

The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus

by Robert Lomas

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Overview

The Hiram Key is a book that will shake the Christian world to its very roots. When Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, both Masons, set out to find the origins of Freemasonry they had no idea that they would find themselves unraveling the true story of Jesus and the original Jerusalem Church. As a radically new picture of Jesus started to emerge, the authors came to the startling conclusion that the key rituals of modern Freemasonry were practiced by the early followers of Jesus as a means of initiation into their community.

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ISBN-13: 9781931412759
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 113,807
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

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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The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really picked this book up to learn more about the history of Freemasonry. My father and grandfather were Masons, and I was in the junior order (De Molay), but I elected not to continue on. Thus, it wasn't so much a spiritual quest as a need to feed my 'history jones.' In reading this book, I learned a lot about Freemasonry, but I also learned more than I expected about religion, spirituality, and human nature! This is the first of an unfinished series of books describing the authors' attempt to piece together the full history of the Masonic rituals and stories. The goal seems to be to show a complete, rational connection from the religious beliefs and practices of ancient Egypt to modern times, all gided by the practices of Freemasonry. This would be an ambitious undertaking even if all the information was availible; given both the secrecy of the Masonic Order and the religious changes over the past 3,000 years, the task is daunting. I read their later book, 'The Second Messiah,' prior to this one, and so had the benefit of knowing which theories have continued to stand, and which have had to bend to fit new information. Overall, this is a fascinating ride through history, complete with glimpses into some areas of fact (and obviously, conjecture) that I might not have otherwise considered. Even if you don't buy into all of their conspiracy theories, the authors seem to recognize when a current explanation is inadequate. Put another way, while they may not have the right answer, they seem to be able to sense a wrong answer from a mile off. The book is not without its faults. The authors have a tendency to jump to lines of reasoning that don't seem obvious, ignoring -- or at least, not explaining why they ignored -- other equally plausible alternatives; and some of the 'facts' that they present (ex: Jesus couldn't have actually lived in place called Nazareth) are actually one of several debated options, not universally accepted truths. Part of the problem surely stems from to the authors' conflicting needs to both explain their thoughts, yet remain true to the tenents of the Masonic Order. I sometimes wondered if there was some additional background information that the authors felt compelled to leave out. If you're expecting this book to completely clear up all the unexplained issues of Christianity and Freemasonry, I suspect that you'll be very disappointed. The line of reasoning that Knight and Lomas provide is only one possible explanation, and by their own admission, they have yet to find a full proof that ties all of the loose ends together. However, the book is a great starting point to explore the recent discoveries about the life and times of Jesus, among other things -- assuming, of course, that your current beliefs don't crash too hard against the evidence the book provides. As for me, I will certainly be looking for the final book of the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Freemason, Scottish Rite Mason, York Rite Mason and a Shriner I read a lot of books concerning Masonry. I started the book as a guide to the origins of Masonry but came away with a great admiration for the extensive research that Knight and Lomas conducted. They state a very good case for all their deductions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knight & Lomas began their search simply for explanations of the often-abstract parts of Freemasonry. In the very best spirit of REAL research, these two men kept their minds open to all they found along the trail, and in that way found the bigger picture of the history of mankind. Their findings are not only indisputable, but are supported by most of their peers, and much of the modern religious research community. And, beyond that huge vote of confidence, their story simply makes sense - it's the way the world really works. Anyone with any street-sense will recognize this as the essence of their book. Turn off the History Channel, and forget Dan Brown - The Hiram Key leaves you with more answers than questions, and most definitely is NOT a work of fiction. The agenda in this and their subsequent works is simply to seek the truth, and not to sell commercials or books. The Hiram Key reports the unabashed truth, which will open your mind, if you have half a mind to reach. Read it or be forever deluded. Anyone who thinks this is trash, is a stilted fool, and one who ignores Francis Bacon, Nichaolaus Copernicus, Galileo, and the Nag Hamadi and Dead Sea Scrolls in one mindless stroke of idiocy. -A brother Freemason and student of history-
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was ok for examining other ideas and beliefs. I didn't agree with everything the authors stated, and history doesn't either. The book had some bias in it. John the Baptist took some shots, but if a person wanted to spend some time learning things I'd recommend this. I encourage the reader to investigate what is fact from fiction, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors go through great strain to keep their conclusions separate from known facts and even keeping disputed facts identified as such. In many cases, linguistic translation issues are handled by providing all the known definitions, along with their respective sources. As such, anyone who downplays this exhaustive work as 'fables', is themselves most likely lost in 'la-la land' (or, as it was known in times of yore, 'Ouu-ba-doo'). While many conclusions are over-the-top, the reader could take a red-pen and arbitrarily cross out any 75% they like, leaving a story that it still quite disturbing--in that it (minimally) makes perfect and poetic sense, whereas the accepted scriptures it contradicts, do not. I have found various complementary (though radical) claims, in a variety of unrelated texts. I highly recommend to anyone who puts the truth above their own best interests--which, today, is next to nobody. While the true history of Monotheism remains sketchy, this book is very enlightening...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book ties together the timeline and influences of the modern mason. Very interesting. A must have for any Br.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. Though as a western christian it was hard to abolish inbred beliefs and accept all their writings completely, it did prompt questions and stimulate further research into the history of man, religion and 'God' himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. It looks like the Christian and Jewish religions owe some answers to their followers. I wish we could get Knight and Lomas into the Vatican vaults. That might speed up the enlightening process. My one problem with this book is the fact that two men from other areas of expertise put together such a comprehensive history in a short time when experts within the field have missed such obvious clues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Notice how ALL the religious groups, be they Christian, Jewish or Moslem have ignored this topic. Why is there no major University or 'group' debating this and demanding a resolution to this extremely important debate. In the last few decades about 10 critical books have approached this topic and have exposed serious defects with the 'holy bible'. Even if just one fact presented in this book is true, then the entire 'holy bible' is a questioable document. It is more honest to demand that those who believe the bible to be 'true' and Christ to be 'God' proove there stance since all evidence, and I do mean all (as these books do show) prove the bible to be a fraud. A most fantastic and clever fraud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have had your questions of religious history unanswered, save your breath and read this book! Takes what was told to you and turns it on its head. Do it Now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors provided a mind bending experience for me. Virtually, I read all I can on this subject and related subjects. I have always known that there is a truth to history that only a few risk taking souls can find and share.My questions revolve around the religious Christ we Christians know. If Jesus Christ, the eldest, was indeed a hunched-back individual, and unattractive as described, then why would he be admitted to the Jewish cult of the Nasareans -as they accepted non-disabled men only? Why mention Thomas as being Jesus's twin without researching and reporting on this mysterious connection? If Christ is for equality, why have the Masons remained male only? The more I read and study, the more I am aware that I probably will never know the answers to these mysteries. However, like most of us seeking after the truth, I keeping running after every little clue. It seems the authors went to a lot of trouble to point out that Jesus is not who we thought he was, which I have to accept, but at the very end of the book, the authors seem to praise Jesus as the admired hero of the Masons.I learned a lot from this book. This kind of material forces my mind to view a subject from a different perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book, As a Mason and 32' scottish rite, I have searched for detailed information on my craft, this book has opened many insights into our ancient order. Bravo dear brothers, job well done. as a chritian i did have a problem with the explination on christs reserection. Excluding that chapter, all together the rest of the book was marvelous... So Mote It Be....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has answered most of my questions of what and why religions do what they do. Why they are good and bad. Why it is so important that there is a separation of church and state and why the balance of it is so crucial to mankind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a Freemason or not, this book will interest all those with an open mind. For Masons, it looks towards Ancient Egypt as an explanation for the Order's origins and follows its evolution through the Order of the Knights Templar and to possible 'Hidden Secrets' buried beneath an Abbey in Scotland. For non Masons, the authors look to explore the possibilities of who Christ was, potentially upsetting many strongly held beliefs, but in my view with no malicious intentions to destroy beliefs, but maybe to encourage the asking of a few questions once in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have studied Egyptology and could never understand why ancients did certain rituals or made certain objects. Hiray Key really shed some serious light on the mis-understandings of the past. When you read this insightful manuscript, please have an open mind to the information. This book could help us all understand where it all came from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting piece of research into the history of freemasonry, until now '...shrouded in mystery and veiled in allegory...' This is the story our teachers and mentors would have shared with us in the lodge, if only they had known about it. For Masons, the origins of various Masonic ritual become clear as you read. The authors, two British Freemasons, started their research just to learn what they could about the origins of the craft. The trail lead them from ancient Egypt to Scotland and the New World. Along the way, we follow a thread from the pharoahs past Moses and Jesus; and, almost casually, the authors solve the mystery of the shroud of Turin. If you are a Freemason, a Christian or a Jew, or simply pride yourself on being well-read, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!
drj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a detective novel. The Library of Congress has cataloged it under Freemasons - history, so it is taken seriously. This book, along with "The Passover Plot" and "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" are carefully researched but written in the vernacular of the adventure novel, as if it were a real live Indiana Jones. Having seen the mummy in question in other publications, I do realize it is unusual, but do not place upon it the same significance as the authors do. What with modern archaeological methods, one day this may be possible. The bottom line is that the book is an entertaining read and challenges current orthodox history.
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rgaPHDman More than 1 year ago
I liked the book from the standpoint of providing some insight into Freemasonry hidden knowledge. Since the authors are both Masons, they are bound as to what they can reveal, and as they state, they can reveal some things that we the readers will not be aware of since we are not privy to the "key" to unlock the hidden meaning of words and terms. Other well known authors have also verified some of what is presented to the reader in this book, and as a researcher, can take the clues provided for my own research, which is something that everyone should do, and not just take the word of someone. One thing I didn't like was that not all their sources were provided for us to follow up, but this could be due to Masonic rules.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this with a grain of salt, especially if you are a Mason. Some truth perhaps but more fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want quit taking sleeping pills, this book is a great subsitute. So slow and boring that I left it on an airplane for the next poor schmuck to drool on. No actual connections are made in this book, just conjecture and wishful thinking.This was the worst book I have ever read, and would never purchase another written by either author. Waste of money!