The Mystical Order and the Bible
Mystical Bibles In History
The Mystical Court and the Bible…From the first Hebrew texts upon papyrus and leather scrolls, the Old Testament, as we know it, today, comes down to us, through the ages.
The Bible in the foreground of the picture, above, is a Geneva Bible from 1581. It is leather and tooled in gold.
Q: Why is a basic understanding of Bible genealogy
important to a member of The Mystical Court, today?
A: The reason is that The Mystical Court has biblical foundations.
Q: Is a Mystical Bible any different than a regular Bible?
The Bible (from the Greek word, biblia) is for all Christians the most sacred of books, the source of truth and the revelation of God’s word. Throughout the millenniums (thousands of years), no other book has been reproduced and translated as many times as the Bible.
No original manuscripts are known to exist…only copies of copies and via the many translations, many errors have invariably crept in. Written some 3300 years ago (1300 B.C.-100 A.D.), the Bible continues to be, by far, the most popular of books.
The Mystical Court is based upon biblical scripture and biblical characters.
Foundations of The Mystical Court and the Bible
For Christians, The Mystical Court and the Bible are intricately connected….just as the Holy Books of other religions are central to the Mystical Order foundations.
The Creator: It is to the Supreme Architect of the Universe, our Creator, he of many names around the world, that each of us worship.
Mystical Court Symbols: Ark of the Covenant, the Mosaic Pavement, Jacob’s ladder, the Lambskin Apron, King Solomon’s Temple and others.
Mystical Court Ritual Degree Verses: The 3 verses within the 3 Mystical Court Degrees of The Order of High Priest of Aaron, Order of the High Priest of Melchizedek and Royal Order of the Mystical Court are direct quotes from the Bible. These are Patriarchal Degrees.
Biblical Characters: King Solomon, Hiram Abif, Hiram of Tyre, Tubal Cain, St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, Jacob and Jacob’s Ladder, etc. All are biblical characters.
Mystical Court Altar: The Mystical altar holds a Holy Book. It is around this Holy book that Ther Mystical Order circumambulate in their attempts to perform acts pleasing to the Creator.
Mystical Court Charity: The origins of Masonic charity begin with The Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25-37)
And so it is written that no man should ever engage in any important undertaking without first invoking the aid and blessing of Deity.
The table, below, provides the Old Testament Bible Genealogy of the most famous Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English Bible translations.
Old Testament Bible Genealogy
|1300-165 B.C.||First Hebrew texts set down on papyrus and leather scrolls|
|250-50 B.C.||Septuagint – First translations from Hebrew to Greek|
|7th-9th Centuries A.D.||Texts edited into present day form by Masoretes|
|400 A.D.||St. Jerome’s Vulgate – Latin translation. Catholic standard.|
|1382 A.D.||Wycliffe’s Bible. First English translation|
|1455 A.D.||Guttenberg Bible. First printed Bible, using Vulgate text.|
|1525-1530 A.D.||Tyndale Bible. First printed English translation from Hebrew texts.|
|1539 A.D.||Great Bible. First English translation authorized by Church.|
|1560 A.D.||Geneva Bible. Published by English exiles. Brought to America by Pilgrims.|
|1582-1610 A.D.||Douay Bible. English translation for Catholics brought to America.|
|1611 A.D.||King James Bible. Translated by 47 scholars. Most famous English Bible.|
|1663 A.D.||Algonquin Bible. Translated for Indians. First Bible printed in America.|
|1952||Confraternity Bible. First U.S. Catholic versions entirely from basic Hebrew sources, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947. These are the oldest available texts, some dating to 200 B.C.|
|1952||Revised Standard Version. Protestant Bible|
The Mystical Court and the Bible
Many more Bible translations have been performed since 1952.
The Mystical Court and the Bible go hand in hand, but throughout the centuries, different Bibles have been placed upon the Mystical altar. .. from the time of The Mystical Court’s Old Charges (2010-2012) and before, as well as to the current period.
While Holy Books from all languages reside upon the Mystical altars where established, it is of note that for English speaking members, whose Mystical Court uses the Bible, the Bible of today is, like all Bibles, a translated version of the original Hebrew texts.
Septuagint: The Septuagint’s name derives from the 72 Jewish scholars who translated the Hebrew to Greek. Their work was performed in Egypt.
It was necessary to translate the Hebrew to Greek because the Jewish people living in Egypt at the time spoke and understood Greek, rather than Hebrew. This Greek translation was in use at the time of Jesus.
St. Jerome’s Vulgate: The first rendering of the entire Bible into Latin was St. Jerome’s Vulgate, a named deriving from vulgatus, meaning for common use.
For a thousand years, St. Jerome’s was the only authoritative Bible in Western Europe, but, ironically, it was seldom read by the common people.
Wycliffe Bible: It is interesting to note that the Wycliffe Bible of 1382 was available close to the time in which the first of the Old Charges were written.
John Wycliffe was among the first of many Englishmen to incur the Church’s wrath for producing unauthorized translations of the Scriptures, as well as for his heretical writings.
Gutenberg Bible: Johannes Gensfleisch Gutenberg, of Mainz, Germany created a printed version of the Latin Vulgate translation.
Gutenberg’s Bible is the first book created using movable type. Previous to this time, Bibles were laboriously handwritten manuscripts.
Tyndale Bible: William Tyndale, another English translator who was persecuted by the Church, fled to the Low Countries, where he was strangled.
Great Bible: Also, of note, Henry VIII had copies of the Great Bible chained in order to foil overzealous worshippers.
Geneva Bible: The Geneva Bible was a Puritan version.
Douay Bible: The Douay Bible was translated in Douai and Rheims, France by Roman Catholics fleeing Queen Elizabeth. It has remained as a favorite of English-speaking Catholics.
King James Bible: The most popular version among Anglicans and Protestants has been the King James, whose grand style influenced all English prose.
The Mystical Court and the Bible is, for Christian Mystical members, the foundation of its Mystical precepts, just as the Vedas, the, Qur’an, the Hebrew Bible and the Holy Scriptures of other religions are the foundation of their Mystical precepts.