I recently came across a book about Hiram, The King of Tyre. The name of the book is The Book of Hiram, written by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, published by Arrow Books. The book took me back in history and reminded me that we as Human beings have actually three spiritual Masters in Life who lead us in the right path throughout our life time teaching us to love and respect each other, to approach with good will and moral towards all mankind, to have personal decency and social responsibility, to be honest in whatever we do, to expand our knowledge about The World around us, to believe in God, to believe in civil and intellectual liberty, to place our faith in the truth and justice and to believe in the equality within the society.
The first of these Masters is the Supreme Power, The God, who is the center and the source of our deepest teaching to whom the whole mankind is bound by a unique tie.
The second Master in my opinion is King Solomon who reigned Israel between BC 970 to BC 930. King Solomon is considered to be the wisest man who ever lived and still known as a great personage centuries after his time. King Solomon possessed great wisdom granted to him by God. He was a writer, poet and scientist. HIs skills in architecture and management turned his country a show place of The Middle East. He was such a good diplomat that the treaties and alliances he made brought peace to his Kingdom. Last but not least He was venerated as a prophet by both Christianity and by Islam Religions.
The third of our Masters in my opinion is known by very few people who are specialized in history. Hiram of Tyre. Hiram, was a Monarch who ruled a powerful Kingdom at the peak of his greatness. The Kingdom of Tyre or Phoenicia, as it was more generally known, was located on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, North of Palestine. It’s principal city was the Port of Tyre. Tyre, because of its geographical location was a converging point on the great trade routes of the ancient world and grew rich and powerful. Phoenicians, who survived between 1500 BC to 300 BC with their peak period being between 1200 BC – 800 BC, were among the first sailors of The World, therefore, the men of Tyre were considered to be the fathers of modern navigation. Phoenician sailors, traveled all over The Mediterranean, sailed through the straits of Gibraltar, down the coast of Africa and up all the way to England. As Phoenicians were all over The Mediterranean, they established colonies in various places the most famous of which was Carthage on the northern coast of Africa. While Carthage flourished The Parent Tyre declined and Carthage started to struggle with the rising Rome. After several years of wars between Rome and Carthage, Rome eventually destroyed Carthage but Carthage almost prevailed. Its famous general Hannibal took The Carthage Army across the Northern Africa, through Spain and Southern France over The Alpes and down to the very gates of Rome before he was stopped. It is interesting to speculate that if Hannibal had conquered Rome, the western civilization today, which heavily bears the imprint of Roman Civilization, might instead be influenced by the people of Hiram of Tyre.
Furthermore, The Phoenicians claim a high place in the history of mankind because they invented one of the first known alphabets. Phoenician alphabet influenced the Greek and the Greek influenced the Roman. There are so many other examples which testifies what a great and genius people Hiram have once ruled.
Solomon’s name and fame are still remembered today by many people while that of his neighbor to the north has been largely forgotten. Solomon was fortunate in having adequate chronicles which Hiram lacked. King Hiram of Tyre, would have been in complete oblivion in the dusty tombs of history if he would not freely give his aid and resources to his neighbor King Solomon during his efforts in Building what is known as The First Temple according to Biblical sources in the mid of 10th Century BC.