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The Secret of Solomon's Temple [Hardcover]

Kevin L. Gest
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22 Feb 2007
Find yourself led into the ancient world of our ancestors, religious turmoil, and secret societies, exposing a mystery which results in a totally new perception of what you thought you knew about history. Discover the hidden secret that lies at the heart of Freemasonry.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lewis Masonic; Slp edition (22 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853182566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853182566
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin L. Gest was born and raised in Kent, England, in a town with strong Knights Templar connections. His academic qualifications were initially engineering related. These contained no small measure of emphasis on mathematics and geometry, an understanding of which subjects proved invaluable when evaluating aspects of Solomon's Temple for this book. He started his professional career in design engineering in the aerospace industry in the United Kingdom.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As a Mason, I am always interested in learning more about the "craft".

This book is an interesting, well written description of the mysteries surrounding the Temple of King Solomons temple.

It covers the history of Masonry, from the operative lodges of the middle ages to the modern lodge as we know it today.

Overall this is an excellent, well written book. It would be a great addition to any brother's Masonic library, or a book for the curious folk wanting to learn more about the great institution of Freemasonry and king Solomons Temple.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of Solomon's Temple 9 April 2010
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If you are already a Mason, you will be happy with the information in this book. But frankly it was not a good read.
The sacred geometry is limited and most probably censored. There is secret information in Freemasonry temples but is not found in this book. The information about Solomon's Temple is also limited.
The facts about the two pillars:Boaz and Jaichin is quite fascinating though.

But the information about child sacrifice is downright wrong-this act of abomination was not committed in this temple and I have secret information that if that particular act was carried out, Israel would have fallen much, much sooner, God would have made sure of that.
It does make me wonder, is this book going to be used to condone sacrificing a child in the next Jewish Temple? I hope not.
I wonder where the author got his evidence for the child sacrificing? If he says the Bible, Abraham didn't actually carry out the act because GOD STOPPED HIM.

I know the Truth and this book doesn't come close.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solomons Temple 5 Nov 2010
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From start to finish this book had me "spellbound!" Mr Gest's honest drive and passion shines on throughout the whole work, revealing secrets through the language of geometry and astronomy. A "must have" book for any seeker travelling their road to truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masonic Book For The Contemplative Mason! 15 Jun 2007
By Noble Sir - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for the Analytical Masonic Student. Written in a rather technical stlye, it conveys the thought processes the author used to arrive at his conclusions and invites the reader to develop his own along similar or more challenging lines. Subjects include Masonic Travel, Symbolism, Masonic History, Religious Concepts, Biblical truth and lies, Early Church History, King Solomon's True Name, The nature and purpose of Solomon's Temple, etc... Very encompassing in subject matter and well researched, it is purposely written to challenge preconceived notions about Freemasonry held by Masons and Non-Masons alike. A very good read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Caution - Fakery - Needs to be Fact Checked 14 Aug 2010
By randandlondon@compuserve.com - Published on Amazon.com
Having just read The Secrets of Solomons Temple I am left with a large gaping hole of doubt about the authors stretch of facts in order to fit his hypothesis.

In Particular, and the mathematics notwithstanding, Gest alleges that King Solomon by name did not exist. Instead it was a "King Jedidiah" that built Solomons temple. Complete hogwash as I shall demonstrate

Gests hypothesis: SOLOMONS TEMPLE DEDICATED TO THE ROMAN SUN GOD SOL + THE EGYPTIAN MOON GOD AMON. HENCE SOL AMON = SOLOMON

Gests hypothesis is that the temple of Solomon was actually dedicated to the pagan worship of the sun god named SOL and the moon god named AMUN (AMON) hence SOL -AMON. SOL being the Roman Sun god and Amon was the supreme Egyptian god whom Gest misguidedly refers to as the moon god (a minor deity).

Gest alleges that someone called "King Jedediah", became known by the name of SOLOMON by his association with the Temple that he allegedly built to the Sun and the Moon! SOL - AMON, and then everyone somehow forgot his real name (Jedidiah)and he was therefater called SOLOMON. So according to Gest there was no actual King Solomon by that name!

Without delving into the Biblical "inaccuracy" postulated by Gest that the Israelite's did not know or record the real name of their own beloved king Solomon the son of king David, consider these facts.

1. King Solomon reigned approximately 967 BC
2. Rome was founded as a small village in Central Italy in about 753 BC. It took hundreds of years for Rome to become a power even in its own back yard.
3. Rome Conquered Israel (Judea) in 63BC
4. Therefore Solomon ruled 200 years BEFORE Rome existed as a small settlement in Italy and Solomon ruled 900 years before the Roman conquest of Israel nearly a millennium later.

This is an important fact. It would have been impossible to name the Temple SOL - AMON given that:
1. SOL was a Roman god. This would assume that the Temple was named after a Roman god BEFORE the very existence of Rome itself.
2. Amon (Amun) was NOT the moon god of the Egyptians as Gest alleges.
3. The moon god of the Egyptians is named Khonsu a relatively minor deity. In Egyptian mythology Khonsu is the son of Amun, the Supreme god, and the mother goddess Mut.
4. Amon was therefore the supreme god of the Egyptians and he is not to confused with his son, the moon god, Khonsu.

It is inconceivable that the ancient Israelite's - or anyone else at that time - would co-mingle two deities (Representing the SUN and the MOON) from two different cultures to refer to a Hebrew temple. One deity for the sun god SOL who did not even exist at that time, and the other deity, AMUN who was not the moon deity.

And following on this false assumption Gest proceeds to juxtapose that odd name, SOL-AMUN on the King of Israel who was the most famous King of all time for the Hebrews!

One must consider that even if the Temple was a temple dedicated to the sun and the moon, that the god Amon was NOT the moon god!

Gests own hypothesis, that the name SOLOMON is a blend of Sun and Moon, is completely destroyed by the fact that Amon is not the moon god, Khonsu is.

If Gest were to be true to his hypothesis, the Temple would be called the Temple of SOL - KHONSU.

Sol - Khonsu however, cannot be related back to the name "SOL - AMON" (SOLOMON). Gest wants to prove that the temple was dedicated to SOL AMUN which in turn lent its name to King SOLOMON.
The name SOL- KHONSU would blow his entire hypothesis out of the water. But that is what it would need to be, if Gest was reporting accurately.

That the Temple is dedicated to the sun and the moon and that King Solomon did not exit simply is fabricated.

This minor fact is a square peg in a round hole that Gest overlooks.
Gest does not let facts stand in his way.

The fact of the mis-named deities is conveniently overlooked by Gest, to further his unworkable hypothesis.
Many a reader perhaps may not immediately realize this fakery.

What else if faked?

WHAT WAS SOLOMONS REAL NAME?
It is well known that Jesus Christ was NOT Jesus' real name, he was Yoshua, a very common Hebrew name. That is his real name. Jesus is a Greek modification as is the addition of Kristos or Christ.

Anyone in Jesus time would have had no idea who Jesus Christ was. Jesus Christ is not Hebrew and they are not Hebrew words.

Mashiach is the Hebrew word for Messiah. So the Hebrew name of Jesus would in his time have been Yoshua ben Yosef (Joshua son of Joseph).
There were literally thousands of people with the name Yoshua ben Yosef. That name is like John Smith in our culture.
So you might want to be more specific by saying his profession - the carpenter from Bethlehem or some such further means of distinction.
If you wanted to append a description to his name, although there is no evidence that this was used in his lifetime, one might have referred to Jesus as Yoshua ben Yosef Ha'Moshiach - Joshua, son of Josph, the Messiah.

That being said, how would the ancient Hebrews have referred to King Solomon?
Most certainly by his HEBREW name. Shlomo ben David Ha'Melech.

The real name of Solomon is SHLOMO son of David, the king. Or simply Shlomo Ha' Melech which is King Solomon.

The Hebrew Bible has NEVER used the name of SOLOMON or SOL -AMON anywhere. Such a name does not exist in the Bible nor was used by the Hebrews.

Indeed the Israelites did not call it SHOLOMO'S temple either.
King Solomons name was never attached to the Temple! Even today Hebrew speaking people do not call it Solomons Temple.

The true Hebrew name for the Temple is Beit Ha'Mikdash (Beit = House, Ha = the, and Mikdash = Sanctification) or "The Sanctified House"

It is indeed impossible for the Temple or King SHLOMO to ever have been referred to as SOLOMON and Solomons Temple.

Therefore given this very glaring error in the premise of the book, once must clearly question what other "facts" have been bent to fit Gests hypothesis?

Sincerely
Jeffrey Solomon
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of Solomon's Temple: Discover the Hidden Truth that Lies at the Heart of Freemasonry 11 Aug 2008
By Caesar Augustus Guevara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An excellent introduction to the subjects of Sacred Geometry and Freemasonry. Anti-masonic and conspiracy writers need to read this book to reassess what they are fighting for.

The author should check with Amazon.com the copies they are selling because I got an improperly cut pages of the book. The replacement copy Amazon.com sent to me is of the same bad condition. I am still waiting for them to replace me with a good copy of the book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of Solomon's Temple. A rivetting read. 6 Oct 2009
By Jonathan Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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A book I could not put down.
I am currently preparing to write a book which I have tentatively titled 'Freemasony: The Australian Prehistory Enigma'.
Like yourself Kevin, I have commenced my journey with pieces of a very challenging jigsaw puzzle - in my case I am starting out with extraordinary, and very ancient, stone artifacts which I have found 'downunder'.
My task is to make a case for what these ancient artifacts might mean to our understanding of the civilised devolopment of mankind and, I have little doubt, the origins of 'the secret knowledge'.
Kevin, your wonderful book, 'The Secrets of Solomon's Temple', and the way you have put yourself on the record, gives me great strength of purpose to deal with the enormouse challenge that lies ahead for me.
If circumstances permit, I would much value meeting with you and discussing with you the import of what I have in front of me.
Jonathan Bell.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requested Gift 19 April 2008
By jstorm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a requested book that i purchased and gave as a gift. I believe most avid readers who are associated with the masons would appreciate this book.
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