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    Posted: 05 July 2007 at 12:24am
The Jewish Encyclopedia entry on "Amorites" reads in part:

Quote This refers to the strange story of Kenaz, preserved in the
"Chronicle of Jerahmeel" (Cohn in "Jew. Quart. Rev." 1898, pp. 294 et seq.,
and translation of Gaster, p. 166), which relates how the tribes of Israel
learned all their wickedness from the Amorites
, the masters of
witchcraft, whose books they kept hidden under Mount Abarim, and
whose wonder-working idols—seven holy nymphs—they had concealed
beneath Mount Shechem. Each of these idols was adorned with precious
stones, which shone at night like the light of day, and by their power
sight was restored to the blind. Kenaz, the son of Caleb and father of
Othniel, when hearing of this, forthwith destroyed the idolatrous Israelites
by fire, but tried in vain to destroy either the magic-books or the
stones. So he buried the books, but in the morning found them
transformed into twelve precious stones, with the names of the twelve
tribes of Israel engraved thereon, and later they were used in Solomon's
Temple.


Thus, according to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Jewish lore holds that the
unholy pagan witchcraft and sorcery books and idols of the Amorites
were incorporated into the structure of Solomon's Temple in Jebus
/ Jerusalem
. Does this not have an obvious
interpretation? Namely, that the Temple of Jebus / Jerusalem — and all
that that symbolizes — was built upon pagan roots?

How can the Temple of Jebus be holy if it incorporates Amorite witchcraft
idols? Moreover, the "12 precious stones engraved with the names of the
tribes of Israel" is a clear reference to the Ephod worn by the High Priest
with its 12 Shamran (sp?) stones. That is, the full impact of the pagan
impurity was concentrated in, of all places, in the High Priest
himself.
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