Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Arch of He(ave)n

Job, xxvi. 11, compares heaven to an arch supported by pillars. "The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof." Dr. Cutbush, on this passage remarks, "The arch in this instance is allegorical, not only of the arch heaven, but of the higher degree of Masonry, commonly called the Holy Royal Arch. The pillars which support the arch are emblematical of Wisdom and Strength; the former denoting wisdom of the Supreme Architect, and the latter stability of the Universe." - Am. Ed. Brewster's Encyc.