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Old 25-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #71
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Arrow Sanhedrin

The twelve stones represent the twelve tribes of Israel...the breast-plate of the High-Priest in the King James Version is translated as "onyx"), and with the names of the twelve tribes written upon them but according to the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry by Mackey,the ephod is also "worn in the (Masonic) American Chapters of the Royal Arch, by the High-Priest as an official part of his official ornaments." The biblical description also adds that there were two engraved gems over the shoulder straps (like epaulettes), made from shoham (thought by scholars to mean malachite, by Jewish tradition to mean heliodor), and with the names of the twelve tribes written upon them; the classical rabbinical sources differ as to the order in which the tribes were named on the jewels (Sotah 36a).The ephod was the vestment that was worn by Caiphas...An ephod (Hebrew אֵפוֹד) was an article of clothing, and a worship object, in ancient Israelite culture, and was closely connected with oracular practices...Paul VI shown wearing the Jewish Ephod...

Joseph, son of Caiaphas, Hebrew יוסף בַּר קַיָּפָא or Yosef Bar Kayafa, commonly known simply as Caiaphas (Greek: Καϊάφας) in the New Testament, was the Roman-appointed Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus... Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus...In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination...The Sanhedrin "sitting together," hence "assembly" or "council") was an assembly of twenty-three judges appointed in every city in the Biblical Land of Israel...

The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi (χρησμοί) in Greek...Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. In this sense they were different from seers (manteis, μάντεις) who interpreted signs sent by the gods through bird signs, animal entrails, and other various methods...

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