The concepts of Freemasonry came into existence during the Middle Ages; thanks in no small part to the workings of the Northumberland Royals specifically Robert De MANNERS (Sir Knight). Born: ABT 1298. Died: 28 Sep 1355, who was one of the first to not only bring books and information to England but also to translate Arabic into English. Thus proving that books from Constantinople and Alexandria were being copied and sent to Edinburgh and the role the family of Northumberland played in the creation of FreeMasonry. Those books form the base of Freemasonry in Northumberland in the Middle Ages which centuries later are then taken into the grand Lodge of England 1600s.

Sir MANNERS would have access to both the now Noachite circa 3000 bce rite of the Sumerian times as well as the widows son of Jerusalem 1000 bce. Having access to both but be able to translate the widows son Arabic ceremony easier than translating the Sumerian. This would be one of the reasons why the current Masonic ceremonial configuration is the way it is. Not to mention the names of the participants and the story itself date back to this time in Northumberland and the translations of Arabic into English. Having the participants of the construction process perform this rite immediately before the final stage and consecration of the alter was to begin/take place.


I have a partial answer for the history of the widows sonís ceremony; as well as the ceremonies place in the construction process of great alters to god.

The widows son has been associated with several major construction projects after the building of the Solomonís temple Jerusalem. So if he was killed just before construction moved into its final stage of completion; how would he have gone on to build other things after. The answer is in the Noachite rite (not sure but I think those two words are redundant e.g. rio Grande river.) explains the ceremony of Hiram, it explains why it occurred right before the completion (a ritualistic sacrifice of the master) of any major project to ensure the society they were achieving the correct goal (population perspective; how many temples were burned to the ground, how many times were the jews and other monotheistic tribes displaced before the construction of Jerusalem, etc. "Are we doing this project for nothing or will it serve a greater good when it is burnt to the ground.). The noachite (Noah rite) was created and recreated when the monotheistic population felt a need to have a "god are we doing the correct thing hear?" ceremony; I think based on the description of the ceremony and when the ceremony was repeated. 


The info comes to the modern world through the dark ages and the cultural warfare between still warring factions. The English (who have never liked the British), the British, the Italians, the Vatican, the Gaelic, translating Manx Gaelic, the Scotts, the pics, French scholars, and the scholars from the Constantine library (where the bulk of the info came from to create most of the guilds knowledge base), etc. A strong connection between the Teutonic knights, Northumberland, and the foundation of the Templarís was glossed over into being founded by French Norman knights; but the Teutonic cross means they had to be initiated into that specific knight order. Northumberland, Norman, and Northern French; what is the difference just lump them all together?

The Noachite ceremony as referenced below predates the Hebrew translation of the old testament. Since Noah was at least 1000 years before Abraham was born circa 2600 b. c. e. this puts the ceremony and associated material written and in the society of the Sumerians. Which is also the area of which Abraham, his father, and brothers were born. Abraham was born by legend in the city of Ur; which is only 20 miles away from Eridu. Eridu is the city David Rahl asserts is the actual location of the Tower of Babel. Since Eridu has one of the largest and oldest of the kingdom of Canaan libraries. The library building itself was a large and imposing ziggurat. A ziggurat happens to have the same basic shape and height of a pyramid. A ziggurat and pyramid share one very large connection; Khufu. The Khufu pyramid by any stretch of basic scientific criticism is disqualified as being a mausoleum for Pharaonic mummies.

The left, west, or dirty side of the Nile between upper and lower Egypt could easily be the location Abraham placed his tents and began construction of an alter to god.

Abrahams grandson Jacob build at least one more alter if not a temple complex to god north of south of lower Egypt.


The Noachite ceremony was preformed to help guide the community after the flood, but also as a rite of passage; the rite of passage was thought to be bring either the person or the group closer to god. The closer to god it is thought would be closer to finding out what god wants the person/group to do.

Eventually the rite might have been restricted to only the group leaders, the highly educated, and a way for the population to trust the building of an alter to god was not a waist of their time.





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The Noachite Legend
The Original 3rd Degree???


The Graham Manuscript was discovered in 1936 and has been reliably dated as originating circa 1726.
It comprises two small pieces of parchment in very poor condition and is believed to be a very early form
of Masonic ritual from that period. The poor condition may be attributed to the likelihood that the
original single document was transferred from Lodge to Lodge over a long period of time. The original
text is (of course) in very old style English and is somewhat difficult for the modern reader to decipher.
Below is a copy of a modern translation of the text -

"We have it by tradition, and still some reference to scripture for it caused Shem, Ham and
Japheth to go to their father Noah's grave for to see if they could find anything about him to
lead them to the valuable secret which this famous preacher had...
For I hope all will allow that all things needful for the new world was in the Ark with Noah.

Now these 3 men had already agreed that if they did not find the very thing itself,
that the first thing that they found was to be to them as a secret...
They not doubting, but did most firmly believe that God was able and would also
prove willing, through their faith, prayer and obedience, to cause what they did find to prove
as valuable to them as if they had received the secret at first from God Himself at its headspring.

So [they] came to the grave, finding nothing save the dead body almost consumed away.
Taking a grip at a finger, it came away... so from joint to joint... so to the wrist...
so to the elbow... so they reared up the dead body... and supported it...
setting foot to foot... knee to knee... breast to breast... cheek to cheek... and hand to back...
and cried out 'Help, Oh Father'...
As if they had said 'Oh Father of Heaven, help us now, for our earthly father cannot'...
so laid down the dead body again and not knowing what to do...
so one said: 'Here is yet marrow in this bone' and
the second said: 'But a dry bone' and
the third said: 'It stinketh'.
So they agreed to give it a name as is known to free masonry to this day...
so went to their undertakings, and afterwards works stood."

Members of the Royal Ark Mariner degree will be acutely aware of the significance of
the patriarch Noah, his three sons (Japheth, Shem & Ham) and
the Great Flood in the ritual of that degree.
However, it appears quite likely that when the early speculative Masons were formulating
the original versions of the ritual (of which the 3rd Degree was a later addition)
they chose the early Jewish legends concerning the story of Noah as a foundation.
These Hebrew legends are not part of the standard VSL and told how Noah, when made aware
of the impending destruction of the earth's surface made two tablets that contained all the
knowledge that the survivors of mankind would need to survive in the post-destruction world.
Not knowing the exact method of destruction that was coming,
he made one of material to withstand water and the other to resist fire.

The similarities between the version in the Graham Manuscript and
the later Hiramic Legend are very strong.
The raising from the grave, the five points of fellowship and the pact to record whatever
was observed during the actions in at attempt to recover lost knowledge.
It is very likely therefore that Noah was the Masonic figure raised in some early versions
of the 3rd degree and not Hiram Abif.

Having said that, some early Masonic scholars were somewhat fanciful in their interpretation
of such legends and the conclusions they drew must be seriously questioned.
The transfer of the English words "Marrow in the Bone" to an ancient Yiddish pronunciation
of the MM substituted words is difficult to justify logically.
Dialect scholars have been unable to come up with any similar known Yiddish or Hebrew terms
of the period that would support this notion, and the likelihood that the FC's who witnessed
the raising of Hiram Abif made their exclamations in English is fairly remote.

My thanks to VWBro John Travers (Mark Grand Lecturer) for providing the basis for this article.


The Encyclopedia Britannica says this about the Noahide laws:

"Noahide Laws, also called NOACHIAN LAWS, a Jewish Talmudic designation for seven biblical laws given to Adam and to Noah before the revelation to Moses on Mt. Sinai and consequently binding on all mankind.

In Matrix III, Val Valerian says:

" . . . the Noahide Laws apply only to non-Jews living under Jewish jurisdiction. Interestingly, Webster's Dictionary, New International Edition 2nd Ed 1950, states that a Noachite is 'one who has taken the 21st degree of the Scottish Rite (Freemasonry).'"

The entry Noachid , found in the ENCYCLOPźDIA OF FREEMASONRY1 states the following:

"The descendants of Noah.  A term applied to Freemasons on the theory, derived from the 'legend of the craft,' that Noah was the father and founder of the Masonic system of theology.  And hence the Freemasons claim to be his descendants, because in times past they preserved the pure principles of his religion amid the corruptions of surrounding faiths. Dr. Anderson first used the word in this sense in the second edition of the Book of Constitutions: 'A Mason is obliged by his tenure to observe the moral law as a true Noachida.' But he was not the inventor of the term, for it occurs in a letter sent by the Grand Lodge of Calcutta in 1735, which letter is preserved among the Rawlinson MSS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. (See Ars Quartuor Coronatorum, xi., 35.)