As modern-day researchers seek to identify the historical origins of Freemasonry, the character known in Masonic legend as Hiram Abif will likely present a most interesting challenge.  Central to the mysteries of Freemasonry, his origin has proven elusive.  

For years Masons and non-Masons alike have sought to discover Hiram Abif within the pages of the Old Testament perhaps sensing that if they are unsuccessful in so doing the central message of the Craft would be seriously undermined.  Likely for this reason alone, Masons and other historical researchers will continue their search
 
Whether or not such an effort will eventually prove successful is impossible to know.  However, the more important question to be posed – the question that is more closely associated with why Hiram  Abif was embraced by Freemasonry in the first place – is whether or not the legend surrounding this seemingly fictional character conveys a lesson, or lessons that benefit mankind?
 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiesner Did His Research, July 10, 2009
By Evan Guetz (San Diego) 
 
This review is from: The Secrets of Hiram Abif: A "Key" to UnderstandingJohn R. Heisner Masonic Symbolism (Paperback)
This book is very, very informal, interesting, pleasing and worth a spot in my collection for future reference. Masonic work of art for the Masonic mind young or old.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, October 24, 2006
By Michael Sedio (San Diego, CA) 
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This review is from: Meditations on Masonic Symbolism (Paperback)
I own a good number of books on Masonry and I still found this one to be filled with valuable information. If you're a Freemason, thinking about becoming one or just interested in the fraternity, this is the book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start or review, November 14, 2006
By Jack Levitt (Bozeman, Montana) 
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This review is from: Meditations on Masonic Symbolism (Paperback)
The explanations and interpretations of the symbols, allegories and procedures of Freemasonry is not only a sound basis for non-Masons, newly-made Masons or long-time Masons, but provides many thoughts to engender continued exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Values and principles, October 23, 2006
By M. E. HEISNER "Dr. M." (Coronado, CA) 
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This review is from: Meditations on Masonic Symbolism (Paperback)
Most people have a loved who either is, or was a Freemason. This work provides a better understanding about the values and principles your loved held, or holds dear.
 
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In all of the world’s history there have been no fewer than five great governmental revolutions that resulted in giving power and freedom to the masses.  Coincidentally, each of those revolutions was led by a Freemason.  
  • George Washington is regarded as the father of the United States of America;
  • Simon Bolivar delivered independence throughout South America;
  • Georges Danton was a chief force in the overthrow of the French monarchy in favor of the establishment of the First French Republic;
  • Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi brought about the unification of his beloved Italy to the utter dismay of the Vatican;
  • Benito Juarez led the overthrow of the French occupation of Mexico and became that nation’s most beloved leader.  
  • Each one of those men studied their lessons at the knee of Hiram Abif and used all they learned from him to regenerate and reform the societies in which they lived.
 
From time immemorial Freemasonry has labored to eliminate tyranny, oppression, slavery and man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man.  The Craft, as Freemasonry is affectionately called by all Masons, has consistently supported the concept of a free public education to serve as the cornerstone of a free society.  Everywhere darkness seeks to absorb the face of the earth Freemasons assemble to replace that darkness with their light of brotherhood.  Each member of the Craft has at one time or another unqualifiedly obligated himself to labor tirelessly within the country where he lives to ensure freedom for all people – not merely for a select few.  
 
Accordingly thousands of men congregate together each day in the halls of Freemasonry to determine how best to work in the spirit of Washington, Bolivar, Danton, Garibaldi and Juarez to ensure that no man, woman, or child will suffer from the ravages of hunger, poverty, disease, intolerance, or tyranny.  They do so in the spirit of Hiram Abif and bring to the world the lessons originally derived from that universal wisdom that has been safely guarded by sacred institutions, colleges and Freemasonry.  The form and beauties of that universal wisdom unfold before you in the pages that follow revealing the secrets of the evolution of human consciousness.