The Pillars of Jachin and Boaz

   By H.L. Haywood

THE AGE in which we now live began at the foot of the

Caucasus Mountains some 7,500 years ago, and had its first

origin in a community near a region from which there were

passes and routes in all directions to regions round about,

and for that reason was called Nineveh, or "the Nine Ways."

From there the schools of architecture, medicine, and

language were gradually extended eastward across the vast

and (then) fertile region that is now called Iran, Arabia, Iraq.

Known history goes no farther back, though archeologists

can make some reasonable guesses toward regions of the

antique peoples that stood here and there among the

Caucasus. The founders of the new age along the foot of the

Range called themselves Aryans, and used a language

called Sanskrit, from which our later languages derived

through Greek and Latin.

After a number of nomad peoples had overflowed from the

north southwards into the vast plains which lay eastward,

they flourished for a thousand years or so among their tents,

surrounded by their numerous flocks and herds of sheep and

goats; they then began to move westward, while the Aryans,

with their cattle, gradually moved southwards and

westwards; and though at first the nomads, or Semites as

they called themselves, moved in peace they came at last to

resort to war, often of a frightfulness beyond belief.

Ultimately they crowded out most of the Aryans from the

Fertile Crescent of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and

there built a vast city of their own called Babylon. In and

around it they perfected a wonderful language, since called

Babylonian. This was the parent Semite language, just as

the Sanskrit before it had been the parent Aryan language.

From the Babylonian came after a while a number of

languages such as Syriac and Hebrew. The words jachin

and boaz occur in nine of those languages.

The Semitic towns and cities were walled. Through each

principal gate passed a straight road into regions across the

city's own immediate territory. At the point where a road

crossed the line of that city-state two columns were erected,

both hollow, in which were placed tablets of clay or paper on

which were inscribed in brief form the laws and rules to be

observed inside the city. The one in which were placed all

such laws and regulations as we should call political

because they had to do with courts, police, crimes, penalties,

etc. was called a jachin. In the other were placed such laws

and rules as were to govern deportment, behavior, etiquette,

rites, ceremonies; it was called a boaz.

It is evident that since the two columns in front of Solomon's

Temple were given those names it was because they were

for the old and familiar (among Semites) purposes. If so,

they were hollow, and in the pachira were placed the written

laws and rules for the government of the building and its

precinct, and in the boaz were placed the laws and rules for

the regulations of conduct, rites and ceremonies.




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