Author: Graham Phillips
Trade Paperback, 229 pages
Publisher: Bear and Company
Publication date: 2004
List: US$16.00, C$22.95
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This is one of a number of books on the Templars I requested. I know that
the Templars were/are not a Pagan organization, but there has been so much
confusion and mystery about their beliefs, treasures, and occult knowledge
that I felt a need to further educate myself on the topic.
The book begins with an abbreviated history of the Israelites and the Ark of
the Covenant (as it has come to be known) as an offensive weapon. This
history, as well as an overview of Middle Eastern history in the period
leading up to the Crusades is necessary background material. It is
presented in a very readable format and in just enough detail to be properly
informative without becoming overwhelming.
It isn't until the midpoint of the book that the possible connection
between the Knights Templar and the Ark of the Covenant is made. Whether or
not the connection actually exists (and that is something each read will
have to make an individual decision on), the groundwork has been carefully
laid, the background fully explored, and the reasoning carefully explained.
Although this book is partially categorized as "Ancient Mysteries," it also
fits into its other category of "History." There are certainly speculations
and assumptions herein, but they are reasoned and careful, without the wild
flights of fancy of many such works.
The Templars play only a small part, albeit a crucial one, in the events
chronicled within these pages. Obviously, the use of the Templar name in
the title was intended to hook the reader. It worked. So, if you are
interested in the Templars, this book will be of only minimal help. If you
are, on the other hand, interested in the field of paranormal phenomena, you
may find some interesting connections and ideas in this presentation. There
are no firm conclusions here, but that in no way detracts from the value of
Reviewed by Mike Gleason