Book of the Law

This is another name for the Holy Bible. The title applies especially to the Old Testament, and more particularly to the Five Books of Moses. The Book of the Law is an important symbol in the Royal Arch Degree, concerning especially the tradition that this Book was lost during the Babylon Captivity, and that it was among the treasures discovered during the building of the Second Temple. According to Masonic teachings the Book of the Law is the revealed word of God, and if lost we are left in darkness; it must be recovered as a precedent to our learning what is Truth. ( Deuteronomy 28:582 Chronicles 17:92 Kings 22:82 Kings 23:2Nehemiah 8:8 )

See also: Bible

Biblical References

Deuteronomy 28:58

If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD.

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2 Chronicles 17:9

And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.

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2 Kings 22:8

And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

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Nehemiah 8:8

So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

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