Posted by: Nyxks | June 10, 2007

The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant

The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant
by Graham Phillips © 2004
Bear and Company
ISBN 1-59143-039-9
229 pages includes color insert
$16.00 (U.S.) $22.95 (Canada)
reviewed by: Mike Gleason

This is one of a number of books on the Templars I requested. I know that the Templars were/are not a Pagan organization, but there has been so much confusion and mystery about their beliefs, treasures, and occult knowledge that I felt a need to further educate myself on the topic.

The book begins with an abbreviated history of the Israelites and the Ark of the Covenant (as it has come to be known) as an offensive weapon. This history, as well as an overview of Middle Eastern history in the period leading up to the Crusades is necessary background material. It is presented in a very readable format and in just enough detail to be properly informative without becoming overwhelming.

It isn’t until the midpoint of the book that the possible connection between the Knights Templar and the Ark of the Covenant is made. Whether or not the connection actually exists (and that is something each read will have to make an individual decision on), the groundwork has been carefully laid, the background fully explored, and the reasoning carefully explained. Although this book is partially categorized as “Ancient Mysteries,” it also fits into its other category of “History.” There are certainly speculations and assumptions herein, but they are reasoned and careful, without the wild flights of fancy of many such works.

The Templars play only a small part, albeit a crucial one, in the events chronicled within these pages. Obviously, the use of the Templar name in the title was intended to hook the reader. It worked. So, if you are interested in the Templars, this book will be of only minimal help. If you are, on the other hand, interested in the field of paranormal phenomena, you may find some interesting connections and ideas in this presentation. There are no firm conclusions here, but that in no way detracts from the value of this book.


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