Wow what a title! An unequivocal claim to authority! In theological discourse, chapter and verse = Q.E.D.; yet for Chapter & Verse, the title is not without some justification.
Review by Gerald Reilly
The publication of Chapter & Verse is in celebration of the centenary of Authors’ Chapter No. 3456; it takes the form of an anthology of some seventy-five talks presented in the Chapter.
The spread of authors ensures divers interpretations of the Royal Arch narrative and dramatis personae. Taken together, the talks provide a traditional, fundamental, biblical, historical, architectural and archaeological basis for the fourth and final step in Pure Antient Masonry.
Additionally, many of the talks take ‘listeners’ and the Royal Arch into unanticipated global forays of exploration and delight; helpfully enhanced with maps, photographs and illustrations.
In Chapter & Verse there are so, so, many ideas inviting dilation. In the talk, Freemasonry and Architecture (1939) R Hart suggests, ‘[…] the Pillars of Solomon may have been set up in imitation of the Obelisk [….] or they may have been copied from Tyre’ (p.225).
Purists then and now would like to believe that the design of the Temple was on a unique divine blueprint.
In a fascinating talk with the subtle title, The Secular Tradition in Education, (1939) Harley V Usill seeks to unravel the non-religious elements in confluence with the history of Freemasonry.
When written, it was a reasonable thesis. Now, greater rigour would be required to differentiate between Humanist and Secular.
Humanism is a sapiens-centred religion; the Secular Movement presses a Nation State to remove religious (supernatural) concepts and entities from governmental policy, procedure and practice.
It is difficult to read Chapter & Verse and remember that Pure Antient Masonry is neither a religion nor a substitute for religion.
Necessarily, that is something to be considered. Diversity of views notwithstanding, the talks reduce to the Royal Arch being understood as a Judeo-Christian entity: the Authors’ Chapter served its generation.
However, in this Post Truth Age the mood is not to believe anything we are told but not to disbelieve it either.
This represents a paradigm-shift which disturbs some comfort zones as it replaces ‘chapter and verse’ with rational, realistic and honest uncertainty.
Unfortunately, there are elements of ‘Sunday School’ content in Chapter & Verse. However, given that it served its generation, it is a necessary starting-point for those seeking to communicate the Royal Arch in 21st Century language to 21st Century Master Masons. Hopefully, the Authors’ Chapter will rise to meet this need.
A great source of information for anyone interested in Royal Arch Freemasonry.
Chapter and verse is a fascinating authoritative guide which consists of 75 papers delivered by members of Authors Chapter over the period of 100 years.
A truly comprehensive volume covering everything from Architecture to Zerubbabel.
Presentations vary from long or short making them perfect to read at home or perform in your Royal Arch Chapter.
Papers included in this volume
The Royal Arch by A. F. Calvert
The Three Lectures by H. Cart de Lafontaine
A Chapter of Research by Rev. F. de P. Castells
Distinctive Features in R.A. Procedure by A. Holmes Dallimore
Hiram Abiff by Thomas Freeman
Hiram, King of Tyre by Louis Infield, OBE
King Solomon by W. E. Laxon-Sweet
The Third Principal by Thomas Freeman
The Second Principal by Louis Infield
The Third Principal by Laxon Sweet
The Discarded Veils by T. Simpson Pedler
The Platonic Bodies by J. W. Knipe
The Mysterious Tau by Louis Infield OBE
The Triangle And Circle by W.E. Laxon-Sweet
The Banners by Thomas Freeman
Sacred Mountains by T. Simpson-Pedler
Wandering, Turmoil, Peace by T. Simpson-Pedler
A Beautiful Allegory by Thomas Freeman
Kabbalism by Louis Infield
My First Impressions of The R.A.Chapter by W. F. Spalding
Notes on The Holy Royal Arch by Norman Demuth
From The Freemasons Chronicle, 1934
That Light Which is from Above by Thomas Freeman
Thus Saith Cyrus by H. C. Plummer
Principal Sojourner by Dr C. E. Iredell
Music of Israel by W. E. Laxon-Sweet
The Symbolical Lecture by T. Simpson-Pedler
The M.E.Z’s Epilogue by Thomas Freeman
The Hidden Significance of the Ritual by W. L. Wilmshurst
Bosom of Mt. Moriah by Dr Henderson Hunt
Traditional Ceremonies? by T. Simpson-Pedler
The Priestly Tribe by Louis Infield
The Catenary Arch by Dr Henderson Hunt
The Temple by T. Simpson-Pedler
Masonic Musings of a Wanderer Returned by Hubert S. Banner
The Trinity Conception by Hubert Banner
Haggai the Prophet by A. Godfrey-Lewis
The Trowel and the Sword by Hubert Banner
Preparation of the Candidate by Hubert Banner
The Grand Sanhedrin by Louis Infield
King Solomon as a Builder by T. Simpson Pedler
Our Debt to Cyrus, King of Persia by Dr Henderson Hunt
Jerusalem, the City of Peace by Louis Infield
Darius and the Dedication of the Second Temple by Dr Henderson Hunt
Hiram, King of Tyre by A. Godfrey-Lewis
The Parallels In Masonry by T. Simpson Pedler,
M.A., LL.B.(Cantab), Barrister-at-Law
The Temple Site, To-day by Dr E. Henderson Hunt
Companion, its Origin and Implication by W. F. Spalding
The Triangle in Ancient Religions by Hubert Banner
The Triple Tau by Dr Henderson Hunt
Sanhedrin by A. Godfrey-Lewis
The Rock-hewn Cave Temples of Ancient India
by Dr E. Henderson Hunt
The Temple of King Solomon by W. F. Spalding
The Temple of Zerubbabel by Dr Charles Iredell
Temple of Herod by Godfrey Lewis
The Great Sanhedrin by Harley V. Usill
The Scribes by W. F. Spalding
The Order of the Holy Royal Arch by J. G. Richards
Joshua, the Son of Josedeck by T. Fussell
Haggai the Prophet by H. V. Usill
Zerubbabel by W. F. Spalding
King Solomon by W. F. Spalding
The Secular Tradition in Education by Harley V. Usill
Scottish Royal Arch Masonry by H.A. Hartley
What’s in a Name? Its Power, Importance and Significance
by W. P. Spurgeon
The Four Principal Banners of the Royal Arch
by W. T. Spalding
The Independence Royal Arch Lodge No. 2 of New York
by E. T. Harvey
The Orientation of Sacred Buildings, and of the Temple at Jerusalem
by W.P. Spurgeon
Freemasonry and Architecture by Ronald J. R. Hart
Architectural and Masonic Columns by Ronald J. R. Hart
Glimpses of Royal Arch Ritual and the Vault by Ronald J. R. Hart
Reminiscing with Ritual by Ronald J. R. Hart
Traditional History: The Biblical Background by Simon Fernie
A History of Masonic Dining by Ian Ronald Selby
Matters of Moment: Some Symbols in the Royal Arch
by Simon Fernie
The Principal Sojourner – An Insight and Background -by Ian Ronald Selby
Article by: Gerald Reilly
Gerald Reilly was initiated in 1995 into St Osyth's Priory Lodge 2063. Essex. England (UGLE).
He was a founder member of Josh Heller's Allthingsmasonic, and with Josh co-wrote 'The Temple that Never Sleeps' (Cornerstone Books, 2006) he is committed to the development of e-Freemasonry.
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