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  1. Great Post! Actually your whole site has been great, keep it up.

    Here is what I posted over at the backyardprofessor (Kerry Shirts), as linked above by Reed Russell:

    “I had a very pleasant opportunity to visit the Wilshire Jewish Temple, in Los Angeles recently. The Rabbi very graciously gave the Mormons a tour.

    [ http://mormonmysticism.blogspot.com/2007/11/mark-paredes-what-makes-mormon-111307.html ]

    We passed a window with photos of the history of the marvelous building. In one of the photos of the original building he almost embarrassingly mentioned that he had no idea why at the front of the building, above the door was a large inverted five-pointed star. And they have since replaced it with a traditional Star of David. I found this interesting.”

    -David

  2. Hex Sign – The Forgotten Symbol of Jesus – This Jewish symbol was adopted by the earliest Christians and has been closely associated with birth and burial for over 2,000 years. It can be found in the Tomb of Mount Olives in Jerusalem and also in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A case can be made for this design being the oldest symbol to represent Christianity.

  3. Mike

    The Nauvoo pentacle is the most beautiful symbol in all of Mormonism. Placed above the sunstones it symbolizes the pinnacle of a man and woman’s progress toward Father. The joining of the man and woman with the trinity, the representation of Christs wounds, the enumeration of the covenants, the colors of the veil or the “flesh of Christ”…

    …I mean just wow!

  4. f

    Thank you! I am so tired of having institutions that claim to be educating the public be so ignorant and stubborn. It is great to see a Faith list clear unbiased history and symbology.

  5. Jim

    The author makes an interesting statement, to wit: “There are many connections between the pentagram and Christianity. Before the cross, it was a preferred emblem to adorn the jewelry and amulets of early Christians.”

    I am puzzled. What is the authority for the proposition that the pentagram, before the cross, was a preferred emblem to adorn the jewelry and amulets of early Christians. This is important. This bit of information, if substantiated, would go far in quashing the histronics of some Christians who believe this to be a “cultish” symbol.

    Or am I missing something? I mean, this should cast pentagrams in a rather favorable light with other Christian denominations.

  6. paul

    The pentagram in Hebrew is called Hekhal and derives from the Summerian E.GAL meaning ‘temple’ and refers specifically to the Holy of Holies in King Solomon’s Temple. Hekhal in Arabic refers to the human body. It is thought that the pentacle or five-pointed star may well be connected with the planet Venus as both morning and evening star which the ancient Hebrews and Canaanites worshipped as Ashtoreth/Astarte. She was otherwise known as the Shabbat Bride or Bridal queen of Heaven whose epiphany was witnessed as the Shekinah or Holy spirit.

  7. Jim

    I was reminded of this thought provoking thread because of Paul’s comment posted March 8, 2014.

    Outside of a single item recovered in an archeological dig near Jerusalem (dated roughly 150 bc), I personally am unaware of any other archeology supporting the claim that the pentagram was ever a symbol of Jerusalem. The item itself does not purport to be the symbol of Jerusalem, much less a common one. So far as I am aware, no other archeological find suggests such a conclusion, which borders on speculation or even wishful thinking if the archeological record is in fact so sparse. We might expect to find many pentagrams from the relevant strata if the pentagram in fact held such important symbolic value to the Jewish people.

    Moreover, I’ve yet to see any archeological evidence that the pentagram was a symbol of Christianity in antiquity. None. Constantine lived 300 years after Jesus. Medieval Christians, much later. I am rather interested in Christian symbols in antiquity. And I’m having a difficult time finding research on the topic.

    Hopefully my comments above reflect my lack of information, or just plain ignorance, which I am fully willing to concede if other information exists. I am a willing student. Joseph Smith’s instructions I think are properly considered in another context apart from archeology. But – here – I would really like to hear about some archeological evidence that might suggest the pentagram was an important early Jewish or Christian symbol.

    Your thoughts are appreciated. Thank you all for your consideration.

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