Building of Solomon's Temple, The [Laws Q39]
DESCRIPTION: A Masonic ballad referring to Solomon as a "freemason king"! The ballad details the building of the Jerusalem temple, including the vast crews which worked on it. The end of the ballad concerns modern Freemasonry
EARLIEST DATE: 1827 (Journal from the Galaxy)
KEYWORDS: royalty Bible
c. 960-c. 921 B.C.E. - Reign of King Solomon in Israel. (Both dates have about a ten year margin for error.) Solomon began to build the Temple early in his "fourth year" (i.e. c. 957); he finished it seven years and six months later
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar) Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Laws Q39, "The Building of Solomon's Temple"
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 309-312, "Song of Solomon's Temple" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #148, pp. 1-2, "The Building of Solomon's Temple" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 467, "The Freemason King" (4 texts, 1 tune)
Mackenzie 159, "The Building of Solomon's Temple" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 480, "King Solomon's Temple" (source notes only)
DT 546, SOLTEMPL
Bodleian, Firth c.21(41), "The Free Mason King," The Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1858; also Firth c.21(40), "The Free Mason King"
cf. "The Rules of Masonry" (theme: Building the First Temple)
cf. "The Plumb and Level" (theme: Building the First Temple)
NOTES: The building of the Temple occupies chapters 5-8 of 1 Kings (and 2 Chronicles chapters 2-6 with a foreshadowing in 1 Chron. 28-29). Chapter 5 describes the preparations (negotiations with Tyre, gathering of the materials, and -- in 5:13-18 -- the assembly of the laborers); Chapter 6 the building; Chapter 7 the furnishings (with an aside about Solomon's other projects), and Chapter 8 the dedication. - RBW
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