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The Enigma of the Freemasons: Their History and Mystical Connections [Hardcover]

Tim Wallace-Murphy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry Revealed - To a Point 14 Nov 2006
By Kevin Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
Tim Wallace-Murphy provides an illuminating sweep through masonic history, viewing the past through the lens of the craft, providing sketches of personages of note and various movements and even schisms that have been made manifest in the 'world's oldest secret fraternity', or as Wallace-Murphy highlights, a peculiar organization that makes good men better by means of allegory and ritual.

The author begins in Greece, citing the general move toward understanding the cosmos in a rational manner, and as the focal beginning of the mystery cults which were characterized by initiatory rites. The mystery cults are carried forward to Rome, where they flourished.

Wallace-Murphy then seques to the beginning of the common era after the execution of Jesus the Teacher on grounds of sedition. The author throws light on the Desposyni, those blood relatives of Jesus who at the formation of Christianity, held positions of power in the early Jerusalem Church. James the Just, or Jesus's brother, is highlighted as the receiver of the Gnosis his brother imparted to him before his brother's passing. This bloodline, these Desposyni, are shown to preserve the ancestry as well as the inner teachings of Christianity until 70 C.E., at the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem. At this crucial point in history, the Desposyni flee Jerusalem, some just a little east to their homeland, others to Europe. The bloodline, as well as the teachings, survive in families, now called Rex Deus. The bloodline survives by inter-marrying while the inner teachings survive by oral tradition. This Gnosis in turn is passed on to the Knights Templar, which many masons claim as their secretive forebears.

Such is, the author states, the existential and spiritual conduit through which the Gnosis of freemasonry has travelled.

The author travels through history and continents, tracing the spiritual legacy of the freemasons through it's antagonism to the Holy Mother Church, and various political upheavals, culminating in the French Revolution and eighteenth century Enlightenment. Throughout the text, we are reminded freemasons are not the precursors, originators, or manipulators of such historical events as the French Revolution or the formation of the American Republic. But the author does show that masons were indeed participants in said world events, falling on both sides of the political coin, those of loyalty to the crown, those others calling for freedom, and that they did contribute to various hinge world events. I would say that the author reveals that the American Constitution, and therefore the American Republic, was the culmination of freemason thought in it's distibution of powers and embodiment of democratic principles. Masonic leaders, for example, had been elected by it's members for centuries before democracy flourished in America.

The book itself is handsome and contains colorful and relevant illustrations throughout.

I highly recommend this for anyone interested in esotericism, world history, or more obviously and more specifically, freemasonry.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information, enjoyed the book 8 May 2014
By Stephen B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Good information, well written and enjoyed the book.
It helped me in my research.
This author has written a number of excellent books.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enigma of the Freemasons- Their History and Mystical Connections 21 Jun 2013
By Chad A. Mesteller - Published on Amazon.com
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After having read numerous works such as, 'Templars in America- From the Crusades to the New World', 'Rex Deus- The True Mystery of Rennes-Le-Chateau and the Dynasty of Jesus', and 'Custodians of Truth', by the internationally bestselling author and noted lecturer Tim Wallace-Murphy, I was acquainted with his ability to make complex and complicated material accessible to the laymen and scholar alike.
The history of the Freemasonic Fraternity, being veiled by time, interpretation, and a lack of much historical record make it difficult to seperate myth from fact, yet in this piece, Mr. Murphy exquisitely presents a concise and solid history for the world's largest and oldest society with secrets in the world, an organization aimed at making "good men better". In this book he brings to Light the truth behind the origins of the Craft and clears-up much of the misconceptions and conspiracy theories pertaining to Freemasons.
'The Enigma of the Freemasons' investigates and covers a lot of truly fascinating themes such as the Masonic relation to the Medieval Craftmason Guilds, the Knights Templar, the Mystery Schools of Ancient Egypt and Greece, Solomon's Temple and many other interesting topics. It is a 'must-have' for any and all students of the Craft, those interested in secret societies, Medieval times, the American and French revolutions, the Enlightenment... or for those interested in history in general. A must read. Fiat Lux!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating History documented by Masonic records. 2 Aug 2012
By Margaret C. Jacob - Published on Amazon.com
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The Jewish high priest families are known history up to 70 A.D. (destruction of Temple and disbursement of survivors). The history after that may be unknown to the general public but I'm sure is well documented in numerous Masonic libraries. It seems that Jesus was of this line and came in to teach revolutionary, remarkable advanced inner truths of our multiple dimensions. The various stories of Jesus were amazingly altered at the Council of Nicea (documented now that we have the Nag Hammadi books, Gospel of Thomas, Book of Mary Magdalene, etc)- all apocryphal writings that certain power structures didn't and still don't want you to know about. Do you think there was no reason for the destruction of the Libraries of Alexandria, etc.???? Plus, Why do you think the Inquisition was so severe when they could get by with it??? Because there was other history that they didn't want spread around anymore. But it has survived in family histories and Masonic libraries, where some is still highly protected, I'm sure. So those wanting to know why mystery school teaching think so highly of "Making good people better" and "Finding Kingdoms Within" will be well served to read this excellent detail of "alternative" history, now seeing the Light of Day more all the time!!!! It will further your understanding greatly of the important revolutionary concepts of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (or Love). Also Tolerance of all people's rights. There was a time in history when corrupt kings and other concocted power structures had become intolerable to the advancing human race on earth. It probably isn't over yet. Important concepts for these polarized times in our history.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless 5 Jan 2009
By Jerrie Brock - Published on Amazon.com
If this is the quality of this writer's work, I think all of it should be placed in the fantasy column. Definitely not history! He starts out wrting and almost instantly makes fantastic claims without any basis in fact. He talks about certain 'royal families' that fled Jerusalem, set up shop elsewhere in Europe and finally take over all of Europe in the form of their leading families. No evidence, just an incrediable leap with no trail of proof. Seems to me, if he wants to believe it, he will write it as if he might have actually researched it and not made it up as he wrote. Rather frightening leaps of conjecture he tries to portray as truth. Easy to read, however, but about the same caliber as the Hobbit.
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