This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. JEWELS. "Set me as a seal upon thine heart."--Cant. viii. 6. The beautiful types of the Tabernacle have been so often dwelt and commented on that we will only take for our consideration one form in which God's blessed truth is set forth in the house of worship--that of colour, as displayed in the jewels of the breast-plate, and in the garments of the highpriest. Doubtless every colour and every precious stone had its meaning well known to the priest, and by him probably explained to the people. This, to the picture-loving eastern nature, would suggest thought that no words could convey with equal power. These meanings are almost lost to us in the lapse of ages. One ancient science still preserves in its archives the symbols of certain colours and stones; and in the absence of all other clue, we may do well to give it a passing thought. Heraldry came to us from Bible lands, and though fallen into decadence now, was once highly esteemed, and its rules and records strictly kept. We will consider these heraldric colours and jewels in relation to those in the Tabernacle and in the breast-plate, merely offering them as a possible solution of what must still remain an open question. There are many proofs that heraldry as a science came from the East, where the habit of speaking in parable and symbol was very prevalent. In the first place, the marked reverence for the sacred figures three and nine is very prominent; in fact, the whole system seems based on these numbers. Also many of the peculiar words used in emblazonment are of Eastern origin; for instance, Gules, "red," is derived from the Arabic gule, "a red rose," if not from the Hebrew gvlvde, "red cloth." Azure is merely a corruption of the Arabic lazur or lazuli, "light blue." Sappeer and Yaspe...
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