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Joachim and Boaz
Columns at the entry to
Solomon's Temple

Joachim and Boaz  at  King Solomon's Temple in ancient Israel 1000 BCE

Artist's Concept of Bronze pillars Joachim and Boaz at the entrance to the Temple of Solomon the First Temple of the Hebrews in Israel.

The border of Israel was marked by the lillies .King Solomon decorated the tops of the capitols of the columns with Pomegranate Patterns

Pomegranate Border for top of Capitols

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Joachim and Boaz

1 Kings 7:13-22 (KJV) describes part of the architecture of Solomon's Temple relating to the Columns placed in front of the temple.

13. And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

14. He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naph'tali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

15. For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.

16. And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:

17. and nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.

18. And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.

19. And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.

20. And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.

21. And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Joachim: 1 and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. 2

22. And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.

1 Kings 7:46

1. In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan.

Jachin (Joachim) means "He shall establish." Boaz means "In it is strength."

Jachin (Joachim) means "Justice." Boaz means "Mercy."

The Building of the first temple of Israel (King Solomon's Temple) was the first major public works organized and executed by the United Kingdom. The two columns as described in scripture would have qualified to be one of the wonders of the ancient world, the shear size and magnitude in scale of the project made the technology that went into making these columns an engineering marvel.

The two columns in there original form represented an artistic metaphor for the balance between the male and female aspects of nature. They make a statement about the creative nature of god in the human equation as the divine union between the male and female. The Pomegranate and its seeds are a reference to the union and seed of the sexual act. The water lily (Lotus) capitols are a reference to the females vulva and the column itself represents the male phallus. In this metaphor it is demonstrated how God embraces our human sexuality but places the emphasis on its divine nature in the creation and evolution of his kingdom.

The creative aspect of God's plan on earth places its empathizes on/in the generational histories represented in the scriptures. The classic example of this are the opening lines to the New Testament which outline the genealogy of the Christ. If you have spent some scholastic time trying to put these genealogies into a Julian calendar you will understand the scriptural emphasis on the hereditary nature of the Biblical plot.

The white water lily (Nymphaea alba) and the blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea) are examples of two water lilies from Israel. These populations of water lilies were unique to Israel and because each marked in Israel the southernmost and northernmost areas, respectively, of distribution of their species.

It can be said that historically at the time Solomon's Temple was built the distribution of these lilies also marked the Northern and Southern boundaries of Israel and symbolically represented the geographical boundaries of the United Kingdom.

Solomon's Temple faced due East to receive the rising sun into its entry each morning so Joachim would have symbolically Represented the Northern portion of Israel and Boaz the Southern ares of the Kingdom. Jesus was a direct descendant of the House of David and the tribe of Judah in which Boaz was a patriarch.

The Columns must have contained basins at the top of the column and were probably used as giant torches which were lit at night on the occasion of celebratory occasions in the Hebrew calendar such as the passover. When lit the torches were a spectacle which could be seen for miles around.

As an artist who has work in foundries castings bronze for the last thirty five years I feel qualified to say these columns deserve to be ranked with the ancient Ten Wonders of the World. The shear size and magnitude of undertaking these as castings is an amazing accomplishment in engineering and metallurgy.

The capitols being made of brass would have required a great deal of tin in the alloy, brass being 25% or greater tin in its composition. At this time in history the tin may have come from as far away as the British Isles on the ships of Tharshish in Hiram of Tyre's trading fleet.

See: Ships of Antiquity/Solomon's Navy

The British Museum is currently undertaking archeological excavations of the region in which these castings were made. This is the area of the Jordan River Valley between Beth Shean and the entry of the River Jobbak to the Jordan River Valley. Scripture describes the region between Zaredathan (Zareda) (Zerathan) and Succoth as the general region in which Solomon's (Hiram's) foundry was located.

Geologically and environmentally this region is a perfect place for an ancient foundry. The Jordan River Valley had lots of trees for fuel and clay rich soils with which to make the molds and investments for the castings.

The exact location of Hiram's foundry has not been determined however there is much evidence to support that this region controlled by the Tribes of Dan and Naph'tali during the United Kingdom could have produced such a feat, however more archeological work needs to be done to find the specific site where the columns and temple implements were made.

See also the "Ark of the Covenant"

For further information about the Ark of the Covenant see:
Timelines and Events of the Hebrew Sojourn superimposed on a Historic Chronology of The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt in a Julian Ca lender

A selection of information collected about the Ark of the Covenant compiled by Gerald N. Shapiro 

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