Letter of the month: April 2002
} From: "www.knadiasmusic.com" <email@example.com>
} Subject: Islamic and Judaic Oaths
} Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 11:00:47 EDT.
} Greetings Brother,
} If a man had to take his upon the Holy Torah (because he is
} Jewish) or the Holy Qumran (because he is Muslim), what
} scriptures in the Qumran and the Torah would have to be open
} for the candidate to take his oath upon these two Holy
} books. What would be the equivalent scriptures to Psalms,
} Amos, Ecclesiastes as we normally do with the Holy Bible.
} Thank you,
} Robert SO. Zeigler
To: "www.knadiasmusic.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Islamic and Judaic Oaths
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 10 Apr 2002 11:00:47 EDT."
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 11:19:18 -0400
Dear Bro. Zeigler,
I can only help you with how things are done in Massachusetts. You
will probably want to check with other jurisdictions as well, and of
course with your own grand lodge.
First of all, it is "Quran" or "Koran" not "Qumran" -- no "M".
"Qumran" is, I think, the site where some of the "Dead Sea scrolls"
Next, a Jewish candidate would use the Holy Scriptures, similar to
what Christians call "The Old Testament" which consists of more than
just Torah (or "Law"). It also includes "Prophets" and "Writings", or
in Hebrew "Nivi'im" and "Ketuvim" -- which is called (from those
initials) "TaNaKh". And it happens that Psalms, Amos, and Ecclesiastes
are all found there anyway.
In our Massachusetts lodges, those sections of the Bible you refer to
are read aloud during the candidate's perambulation (although in
Massachusetts we use Psalm 133 "Hineh ma-tovu" instead of Amos). But if
we ever had the tradition of opening the Bible to those sections, the
practice has long since faded.
I actually tried to observe that practice when I was master, going so
far as to buy a set of book-mark ribbons in three shades of blue, each
printed with the chapter/verse name and number and putting them into our
altar bible. But I could never get the marshall to use them properly
when he opened the lights, and gave up after two years.
So in lodges around here, since we open the bible at random somewhere
in the middle, and we do likewise with the Tanakh or Quran. And we read
the same passages for every candidate.
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