Why leave you the west, and travel toward the east!
In search of satire…
As many of you know Hiram Abif, a skilled craftsman, was dispatched to King Solomon to erect his temple. At some point Hiram’s lifeless body was recovered, having been buried over the brow of Mount Moriah and under a sprig of acacia. It was claimed that Jubela, Jubelo and Jubelum commited the crime and they were executed.
But, did they do it?
Let’s look at the crime scene.Hiram was allegedly attacked, while exiting the South gate of the temple by Jubela. It is there that Hiram received a wound to the throat. If Jubela planned to make Hiram reveal the secret Master’s password, would he have stabbed Hiram in the throat in full view of the people outside the temple? The throat is the LAST place you would stab someone that you wanted to talk. Having survived the alleged assault, Hiram fled to the West gate.
At the west gate, Hiram the man skilled in many arts (except martial), was allegedly assaulted by Jubelo. Hiram, with a wound to the throat and a wound to the chest, fled from his attacker to the East gate. Allegedly Jubelum was waiting at the East gate and finished off Hiram with a maul.
If these men had planned to steal the password and murder Hiram, why did they leave the North gate as a possible escape route? According to some accounts the North gate was closed and sealed by Hiram after the death of Cavelum. Cavelum died in an accident at the North wall and Cavelum was a member of the royal family. Did Solomon or his family put out a hit on Hiram? There certainly is motive and opportunity.
As far back as the Code of Hammurabi, builders have been punished with the death penalty for unsafe buildings. Could Solomon have enlisted demons to do the job? According to the Apocalypse of Adam and the Testament of Solomon, Solomon was not adverse to using demonic forces. Were demons brought in because Hiram was doing a bad job?
What do we know? There were no witnesses to the crime, no evidence, and the motive was a password. There were others with better motive and opportunity who may have committed the crime.
Hiram was allegedly raised from the dead yet he disappears. If Jubela, Jubelo and Jubelum had committed the crime, as they were alleged, why did Hiram leave? Was he in fear of continued retributions from Solomon’s family or his demons?
It seems to me to indicate that Jubela, Jubelo and Jubelum were framed and their alleged confessions are suspect. These men were not ruffians or assassins but the first martyrs of an oppressive monarchy with possible demonic influences.
Has what you read a name?
Will you give it me?
I did not so receive it, neither can I so impart it.
How will you dispose of it?
I will letter it or halve it.
Halve it, and begin.
–No, you begin.