An Artist’s Interpretation of the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Image Credit: Public Domain
In Jewish History, King Solomon was the third and last king of Israel. He was the son of King David and his mother was Bathsheba. He reigned the old United Kingdom for 40 years and is a well-known figure to this day for his renowned wisdom, his prolific writings and for building the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Islam and Rastafarianism are also other religions that acknowledge his notion as a sagacious king and a powerful prophet of Israel.
According to the Hebrew Bible’s description, which is also known as the First Temple is the first Ancient Holy Temple to be accepted by Hebrews. In the passage of 1 Kings 9:10 says that it took Solomon at least 20 years altogether to build his Temple including his royal palace. However, the completion date of the Temple is an ongoing debate by scholars as many believe it would have taken over 40 years to have completed such a complex Temple due to the lack of man power and money that would have been required.
Artists Interpretation of the Exterior Area of Solomon’s Temple
The Bible’s description of the First Temple explains that the inside ceiling was over 180 feet long, 90 feet wide, and around 50 feet high. The destruction of the Temple came by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem in 587 BCE and was immediately replaced with the Second Temple.
So, How did Solomon build such a magical complex Temple? Did he have access to sophisticated technology? The most important question; What kind of device was able to cut through or disintegrate stone, iron and diamond in such an ancient time?
We may find the answer hidden in a legend from the Talmudic literature.
In Solomon’s era it was forbidden to use any kind of metal in the building of the Temple, as metal was an item of war. So they found the solution in bringing in the Shamir, an ancient creature like object.
According to the legend, Solomon built the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem with the aid of a Magical Worm named Shamir. This worm possessed the power to alter stones, iron and even diamonds with just a simple gaze.
Solomon was a wise leader who valued information, and was aware of the existence of the Shamir from the time of Moses. However, the problem was that neither did he have the Shamir nor knew where it was. So he ordered his most trusted men to search and bring the Shamir to him. The search was a success and they brought back a “grain of Shamir with the size of a barley-corn”.
Artist’s Interpretation of the Interior Area of Solomon’s Temple
The story goes on to tell that the prince of the sea entrusted the Shamir to a Mountain Cock to be protected at all costs. After finding out this information, Solomon’s men track down the bird’s nest and cover it with a trap glass door. The bird is caught but breaks the glass by using the Shamir. While trying to escape the cock drops the worm and this is how the Shamir is found.
Since the Shamir was a powerful object it could not be put directly into any metal origin vessel, including iron as it would be split apart immediately. So for the safekeeping the Shamir was always kept wrapped in wool, placed in a lead basket that was filled with barley bran (Talmud, Sota 48b.). This material was chosen specifically because it was the only material that could stop the penetrative powers of the object.
So in the making of the Temple whatever material need to be worked, whether wood, stone or metal, they were all shown to the penetrating gaze of the Shamir. Many scholars argue that assuming that anything that can be ‘shown to Shamir” surely must have eyes, almost as a living being. Other scholars argue that it could had been a radioactive green colored stone.
The Artist’s Interpretation of the Shamir’s Power
So, what caused the penetrating “Gaze”?
By definition an alien like creature, with an eye sight used to create certain miracles cannot be explained or proven by modern technology. Having stated that, some theories suggest that the “gaze” of the Shamir that could cut through or disintegrate stone, iron and diamond can be explained by a result of low frequency laser that would resonate the molecules of the structure and disrupt them, and another theory suggest the Shamir being a radioactive rock from outer space.
To this day the purpose and the origin of the Shamir remain unknown. One thing is for sure, the Shamir had an enigmatic role in the building of The Holy Temple.
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