The Sign And The Seal (英語) ペーパーバック – 1993/1/14
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After nine years investigating the exact location of the ultimate religious icon, the Ark of the Covenant, British researcher and investigative journalist Graham Hancock reveals his status-quo shattering discoveries. Part mystery thriller, part true adventure and part travel book, this gripping piece of historical research challenges society's principal religious preconceptions and takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through ancient history.
A compelling brew of mystery, crime, and science revealing the details of high-tech murder investigation.
My Comment (to be read after the article...amazon wont allow links, but do an internet search for "Modern-Physics-and-the-Shamir.htm" and check the link on chabad dot org, then read the paragraph below):
How was the Shamir utilized if it was alpha radiation? Meaning, the builders could not just hold it, right? Seems like they would have needed to construct a holder of lead or something. Because if you held it directly in order to cut stone, it would go right through your fingers...right?
I have heard that the Knights Templar had the Shamir when they built the stone churches at Lalibela, Ethiopia in 1185-1209. See pages 155, 369-370 of "Sign and the Seal" by Graham Hancock. Since the Scottish Freemasons and Portuguese Order of Christ inherited anything left of the Templars (ibid, page 167), I suggest that one of these two groups (or both) may even today possess the Shamir. Maybe they are waiting for the appointed time to share this with the true builders of the Third Temple (T3).
Also, check out "Temple" by Robert Cornuke for compelling reasons to suspect that T3 will not be on the Temple Mount, but in the City of David...where he believes T1 and T2 actually stood. This has stunning implications.
Meanwhile, archeology has moved on and some of Hancock's key assumptions -- most important that there was no advanced civilization in Ethiopia at the time of Solomon -- have been cast in doubt. Modern scholars now believe that the Sabean culture moved north from Ethiopia to Yemen, not the other way around. At all events, the great obelisks at Axum have been carbon dated to around 1,000 BC -- the age of Solomon. So there may be very much more to the Ethiopian legend than even Hancock suggests.
The strengths of this book are Hancock's ability to describe Ethiopia -- its landscape, people and legends. For anyone interested in that fascinating country, it is well worth the read, and the entire search for the Ark of the Covenant becomes secondary.
It is still very hard to believe that the Arc exists today in a small church in Ethiopia. The tales of its coming there come from "The Glory of Kings," a book of scripture used only by Ethiopian Christians which was probably put together a thousand years ago or less. It seems like a wonderful improbable historical novel. Yet there is something in that church in Auxum that is prematurely aging and killing the young monks chosen for the dubious honor of being the keeper of the arc. Hancock has met three of the keepers in a period of around twenty years. These are men in their twenties who are developing thick visible cataracts from daily contact with the Arc of the Covenant. There is an account of one young monk who ran off when he found he was supposed to be the next keeper of the Arc. It is understandable; the keepers die of cancer after a few years of service.
I have to agree with the author. It is probably better that it stays where it is.
Still, who would not just a little peek at it?