The Great Pillars

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by jonesvilletexas, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

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    What were the dimensions of the great pillars called Boaz and Jachin, on the entrance to the great porch of the Temple?
     
  2. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    18 cubits high x 12 cubits around (27' x 18' roughly depending on the definition of a cubit you use)
     
  3. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

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    Wingnut: Can you tell me how you come to this? I have different numbers
     
  4. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Boaz ("fleetness, strength") stood on the left and Jachin ("founding"), also spelled Jakin (יָכִין, Standard Hebrew Yaḫin, Tiberian Hebrew Yāḵîn) stood on the right. The pillars had a size nearly 6 feet (1.8 m) thick and 27 feet (8.2 m) tall. The 8-foot (2.4 m) high brass chapiters or capitals on top of the columns bore decorations of brass lilies. The original measurment was in cubits. The pillers stood 35 cubits tall. And the Spheres at the top were another 5 cubits making a total of 40 cubits.
    The Bible records that King Solomon sent to the King of Tyre (1 Kings 5), Hiram I (reigned 969-936 BC), for help in the building of his temple. To help Solomon, Tyre sent Hiram, a widow's son, but also a man of Tyre (1 Kings 7.) Hiram had expertise in crafting brass. He cast the pillars eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around, and hollow, 4 fingers thick. (Jeremiah 52:21-22). Nets of checkerwork covered the bowl of each chapiter, decorated with rows of two hundred pomegranates, wreathed with seven chains for each chapiter, and topped with lilies. (1 Kings 7:13-22, 41-42)
     
  5. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

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    Give the Brother a hand, great job.
     
  6. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    1 Kings 7:15 (NIV) He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around, by line

    here is a link to a good cubit converter that will tell you different cubits conversion http://www.csgnetwork.com/cubitscnv.html
     

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