The Hiram Key by Christopher KnightThe Hiram Key by Christopher Knight

The Hiram Key

byChristopher Knight

Mass Market Paperback | June 11, 1997

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Was Jesus a Freemason? The discovery of evidence of the most secret rites of Freemasonry in an ancient Egyptian tomb led the authors into an extraordinary investigation of 4,000 years of history. This astonishing bestseller overturns our understanding of history and raises questions that have challenged some of Western civilization’s most cherished beliefs.
Title:The Hiram KeyFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:7.02 × 4.36 × 1.07 inPublished:June 11, 1997Publisher:Random House UK

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ISBN - 10:0099699419

ISBN - 13:9780099699415


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent It answrered so many question about religion that never made sense to me. Have also read Turning the Hiram Key, Second Messiah, and several other books about Hiram, Free masons, and have recently joined the OES.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've EVER read! Ok first off... I am not a Freemason and do not have any previous experience with organization whatsoever. I bought this book on a whim at a local book store when I saw the price was marked down. I never thought I would really be interested in the content but was I wrong. The topic covered in this book has opened my eyes wide to the whole history of Freemasonry and Christianity. I love the in depth research that Lomas and Knight have done. It makes every word of the book credible (at least to me) and discredits many main stream ways of thinking. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to discover the true meaning of the Bible and to learn about the origins of Freemasonry.
Date published: 2007-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fiction? The most fictional account of "history" available. The authors (Knight and Lomas) wanted a story of an ancient secret society that spanned thousands of years. Sadly for them there wasn't any proof so they decided to make it up. Whenever the historical facts proved anything other than their theory the authors decided that the facts must have been distorted somehow. In far too many instances this rang true. For this book to be called historical, the conspiracy THEORIES and sensationalism must be overlooked.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the time. Here is a book that is worth the time. I loved that it was thought provoking and that I didn't feel cheated as I have with other books. Certainly, some of the leaps of faith that the authors make are at times a little too much of a stretch, but for the most part the book is well crafted. If you are a staunch Christian and are unwilling to approach is read with an open mind then it probably isn't for you. This book deserves to have a readers that are willing to put aside sentimentality and really understand the practical concepts of the book. Don't get me wrong, the authors didn't intend to write a book questioning Christianity as we know it, instead they are trying to find the meaning behind Masonic tradition. The fact that a whole new way of looking at Western religions comes to light is secondary. Smart, informed readers deserve this book.
Date published: 2005-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I definitely recommend it. I'm not an historian and I have absolutely no way to tell how accurate this book is; however, I believe it offers information that is beneficial in shaking up the steel trap that is our brain and provides some food for thought. It presents ideas that makes one question old unchallenged dogma and that is always a good thing. I was initially interested because I once belonged to the mormon religion which is said to have plagerized many of the masonic temple rituals and ideas. I was fascinated with masonry but since women aren't allowed into Free Masonry this book was the next best thing. This book answered many questions about my prior religion and posed many more questions about the formation of the western religion in general. I now refer to it as required reading material before allowing to be engaged in a religious debate. Reading this book is time well spent.
Date published: 2005-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very informing book The authors work very well together. History is retold by these individuals very well, along with a very focused thesis being explained. They keep to the point, and move along a very easy to follow timeline as they explain the origins of Freemasonry, and its relationship with ancient Egypt, Sumer, and Israel. Even though the book is "written" very well, I was startled by the lack of sources they used for their support. But, even though the sources were lacking, I still felt they held a very good argument, because of this I will read their follow-up book.
Date published: 2001-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hiram Key Phenomenal! The Hiram Key is not only a book for those interested in the history of Freemasonry, but also for anyone interested in the flow of history and thought from the ancient Egyptians, to the development of Judaism and Christianity! In this easy to read book, Robert Lomas and Chris Knight share some breakthrough ideas that reignited my passion to learn more about the history of religion. The ideas flow smoothly into each other, and any technical jargon used is explained enough to understand. The Hiram Key is a must-read for anyone wishing to explore new ideas, and challenge their existing beliefs!
Date published: 2001-01-10

From Our Editors

When Christopher Lomas and Robert Knight, both Masons, set out to find the origins of the Freemasonry they had no idea they would find themselves unravelling the true story of Jesus Christ and the original Jerusalem Church. Their startling and unexpected conclusions are presented in The Hiram Key - backed by rigorous analyses of ancient Egyptian records, the Old and New Testaments, early Christian and Rabbinical texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the rituals of Freemasonry. It shows how the world's most notorious underground society has influenced the course of Western history from the beginning.

Editorial Reviews

“A breakthrough book. The last four thousand years are never going to look the same again.” -- Graham Hancock