(4 walls of the temple is visible)

(But remember, the (above/heaven) is to descend to (below/Earth) from heaven )

(Below) Image of a 3rd-century glass bowl which depicts Solomon’s Temple. Jachin and Boaz are the detached black pillars shown on either side of the entrance steps. (Look familiar? Like above? MM (Master Mason Diploma above)


Artist’s impression.

According to the Bible, Boaz and Jachin were two copper, brass or bronze pillars which stood in the porch of Solomon’s Temple, the first Temple in Jerusalem. [1]

According to Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews, Boaz (Hebrew זַעֹּב bō az “In him/it [is] strength”) stood on the left when entering Solomon’s Temple, while Jachin (Tiberian Hebrew ןיִכָי yā în “He/it will establish”) stood on the right, [2] and were made by Hiram. [3]

The pillars had a size nearly six feet (1.8 metres) thick and 27 feet (8.2 metres) tall. The eight-foot (2.4 metres) high brass chapiters or capitals on top of the columns bore decorations of brass lilies. The original measurement as taken from The Torah was in cubits, which records that the pillars 18 cubits high and 12 cubits around, and hollow, four fingers thick. (Jeremiah 52:21–22). Nets of checkerwork covered the bowl of each chapiter, decorated with rows of 200 pomegranates, wreathed with seven chains for each chapiter, and topped with lilies (1 Kings 7:13–22, 41–42).

The pillars did not survive the destruction of the First Temple; Jeremiah 52:17 reports: “The Chaldeans broke up the bronze columns of the House of the Lord”. II Kings 25:13 has a similar account. The pillars were carried away in pieces for ease of transportation. When the Second Temple was built, they were not returned and we have no record of new pillars being constructed to replace them. [4]

The Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Maggiore at Tuscania has a recessed entrance flanked by a pair of free-standing stone columns intended to evoke Boaz and Jachin. [5]

Some variants of the Tarot card The High Priestess depict Boaz and Jachin. The card appears in the deck of a traveling Mexican showman in Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Blood Meridian: “The woman sat like that blind interlocutrix between Boaz and Jachin inscribed upon the one card in the juggler’s deck that they would not see come to light, true pillars and true card, false prophetess for all.” [6]

Russell Hoban’s novel The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. [7]

Jakin, an incorporated town in the southwest of the U.S. state of Georgia, takes its name from the pillar. [8]

In the animated series Gundam SEED, the approach to a PLANT space colony is guarded by two asteroid fortresses named “Boaz” and “Jachin Due”. [citation needed]

In The Lost Symbol (a novel by author Dan Brown), the villain Mal’akh had tattooed Boaz and Jachin on both of his legs.


If you watch as the woman circles the cube in a clockwise motion, the numbers on the cube faces read 8 – 14 – 20 – 16, so this gives us a date: 8/14/2016 in standard US format. And the inscriptions on the top and bottom of the cube read “MM” and “JAM.” We can only speculate what these letters mean, but looking at the cube as an encoded reference to the time World War 3 begins, I came across some candidate interpretations:

> “MM” reminded me of the Roman numerals for the number 2,000, so I decided to check if there were two “M” words in Latin that signied “starting a war.” This is what I found on Google Translate…

> “JAM” may be an actual word in Indonesian, the language of the world’s most populous Muslim country. This is what it means…

…From en.bab.la

Since the Georgia Guidestones are a multilingual monument, the presence of a foreign word would not be out of the question, and the appearance of this word oers a tenuous connection to Islam. This connection seems somewhat less dubious when you read what a blogger reported back at that time…

>>> On September 11, 2014, I was contacted by a reader, Brian, who had recently visited the Georgia Guidestones. He said that the notch had now been lled with a granite cube etched with the numbers “20” and “14” on the two exposed sides of the cube…

Interestingly, the word “Isis” was scribbled all over the monument at about the same time that the “20 14” cube appeared inserted into the Guidestones’ notch, a notch that had been vacant for ve years. The mention of “Isis” alarmed local authorities enough for them to contact the FBI, according to a local news report. << It gives us a strong connection to a date, August 14, 2016, which happens to be in the middle of the Rio Olympics.

> It gives us a tenuous connection to the idea of “the time (JAM) the war starts (MM)” and to Islam.

> It gives us a notable connection to the word “ISIS.”

Let’s now turn our attention away from the cube and towards the date it suggests.

As the reader also pointed out, the cube’s date, 8/14/2016, is the Jewish day of…

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For other uses, see Boaz (disambiguation).

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld: Ruth in Boaz’s Field, 1828

Boaz (/ˈboʊ.æz/; Modern Hebrew: בועז Bố az; Massoretical Hebrew: זַעֹּ֫ב B az; Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈboːʕaz]) is a major figure in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. The term is found 24 times in the Scriptures, being two in Greek (in the form “Booz”). [1][2]

The root בעז, just used in the Bible in relation to “Boaz” (see The Temple), perhaps expresses ‘quick(ness)’ (cf. Ar. ٌﺰْﻐَﺑ , ‘swiftness [of horse]’). [3] The etymology of the name has been suggested by many [4] as be’oz, “in the strength of”, or bo’oz, “in him (is) strength” from the root ‘zz, “to be strong”. Biblical scholar Martin Noth preferred “of sharp mind”. [5]

Top – Ruth Meets Boaz as she gleans

According to Josephus, [6] he lived at the time of Eli.

Son of Rahab and Salmon, [7][8] Boaz was a wealthy landowner of Bethlehem, and kinsman of Elimelech, Naomi’s late husband. [9] He noticed Ruth, the widowed Moabite daughter-in-law of Naomi, a relative of his (see family tree), gleaning grain in his fields. He soon learns of the difficult circumstances her family is in and Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi. In response, Boaz invites her to eat with him and his workers, as well as deliberately leaving grain for her to claim while keeping a protective eye on her. [10]

Ruth approaches Boaz and asks him to exercise his right of kinship and marry her. Boaz accepts, provided that another with a superior claim declines. Since the first son of Ruth and a kinsman of her late husband would be deemed the legal offspring of the decedent and heir to Elimelech, the other kinsman defers to Boaz.

In marrying Ruth, Boaz revives Elimelech’s lineage, and the patrimony is secured to Naomi’s family. For those substituting, redeeming factors, Ruth’s husband is considered by some Christians to be a type of Jesus. [11][12]

Their son was Obed, father of Jesse, and grandfather of David. Boaz is mentioned in both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke as an ancestor of Jesus. [8]

The Temple

“Boaz” was the name of the left one of the two frontal columns of Solomon’s Temple (the other being “Jachin” [13] ). [14]

Its meaning is a subject of controversy. [15]


In the Talmud, some rabbis identify Boaz with the judge Ibzan of Bethlehem. [16][17] “I.e., Bethlehem in Zebulun”; cf. Joshua 19:15 . [18] Let it be taken into consideration, however, that Boaz “of Ruth” was from Judah, [7]

whereas the two chieftains immediately ulterior to Ibzan were from Zebulun. [19]

A legend is given that he lost all his sixty children during his lifetime because he did not invite Manoah, Samson’s father, to any of the marriage festivities at his house. [17] Since Manoah was at that time without children, Boaz thought that he did not need to consider on such occasions a childless man who could not pay him back in kind (Bava Batra 91a). [17]

The Talmud tells that Boaz was a just, pious, and learned judge. The custom of using the Divine Name in greeting one’s fellow-man (Rt-2.4) formulated by him and his bet din (“court [of] law”) received the approval of even the heavenly bet din (Babylonian Talmud Makkot 23b; Yerushalmi Talmud Ber. ix. 14c; Midrash Ruth Rabbah to ii. 4). [17]

The midrash Ruth Rabbah states that being a pious man, Boaz on his first meeting with Ruth perceived her conscientiousness in picking up the grain, as she strictly observed the rules prescribed by the Law. [17] This, as well as her grace and her chaste conduct during work, induced Boaz to inquire about the stranger, although he was not in the habit of inquiring after women (Ruth Rabba to ii. 5; Talmudic tractate Shabbat 113b). [17]

In the conversation that followed between Boaz and Ruth, the pious proselyte said that, being a Moabite, she was excluded from association with the community of God (Deuteronomy 23:4 ). [17] Boaz, however, replied that the prohibition in the Scripture applied only to the men of Moab — and not to the women. [17] He furthermore told her that he had heard from the prophets that she was destined to become the ancestress of kings and prophets; and he blessed her with the words: “May God, who rewards the pious, also reward you” (Targum Ruth ii. 10, 11; Pesi , ed. Buber, xvi. 124a). [17] Boaz was especially friendly toward the poor stranger during the meal, when he indicated to her by various symbolic courtesies that she would become the ancestress of the Davidic royal house, including the Messiah (Ruth R. to ii. 14; Shab. 113b). [17] As toward Ruth, Boaz had also been kind toward his kinsmen, Naomi’s sons, on hearing of their death, taking care that they had an honorable burial (Ruth Rabba to 2.20). [17]

Boaz and Ruth

Although Boaz was the prince of the people, he personally supervised the threshing of the grain in his barn, in order to circumvent any immorality or theft, both of which were rife in his days (Tan., Behar, ed. Buber, viii.; Ruth Rabba to iii. 7). [9] Glad in his heart that the famine was over in Israel, he sought rest after having thanked God and studied for a while in the Torah (Tan., l.c.; Targum Ruth iii. 7; and Ruth Rabba ib.). [9] Aroused out of his first sleep by Ruth, he was greatly frightened, as he thought that she was a devil; and he was convinced of the contrary only after touching the hair of her head, since devils were believed to be bald (Tan., l.c.). [9] When he perceived the pure and holy intentions of Ruth he not only did not reprove her for her unusual behavior, but he blessed her, and gave her six measures of barley, indicating thereby that six pious men should spring from her, who would be gifted by God with six excellences (cf. Isaiah 11:2 ; Sanhedrin 93b; Numbers Rabba xiii. 11; Ruth Rabba and Targum to Ruth iii. 15; the names of the six men differ in these passages, but David and the Messiah are always among them). [9]

Boaz fulfilled the promises he had given to Ruth, and when his kinsman (the sources differ as to the precise relationship existing between them) would not marry her because he did not know the halakah which decreed that Moabite women were not excluded from the Israelitic community, Boaz himself married her (Ruth Rabba to iv. 1). [9]

Boaz was eighty and Ruth forty years old (idem to iii. 10), but their marriage did not remain childless, though Boaz died the day after his wedding (Midrash Zutta, ed. Buber, 55, below). [9]

In the early years of Jewish settlement, the term “a boaz” (plural “boazim”), derived from the Biblical character, was used to refer to a rich private farmer or landowner, such as the ones who flourished during the First Aliya. [citation needed] The term was often used with a pejorative connotation by adherents of Socialist Zionism, who were strongly opposed to “the boazim” and counterposed to them the collective Kibbutz and cooperative Moshav forms of agricultural settlement. [citation needed]

This use of “Boaz” became obsolete in later stages of Jewish and Israeli history, and is hardly remembered today. In contemporary Israel, “Boaz” is commonly used as a male first name and carries no special political or social connotations. [citation needed]

In the 1960 film adaptation The Story of Ruth, Boaz is played by Stuart Whitman.



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