By Midnight Freemason Contributor
W.B. Gregory J. Knott
Many new Masons are eager to learn all they can about the craft when they are first raised. You hear many unfamiliar terms during the ritual and lectures that require further study to understand their meaning within the entirety of the ritual. One of the duties of a Freemason, is to educate yourself further on the craft by studying the history, meaning, and philosophy of this ancient and honorable fraternity. Engaging in this course of study can be done in several ways and achieved through a large variety of available resources.
I wanted to establish my own home library of Masonic resources. I’ve always loved books, so this was an easy excuse for me to expand my personal book holdings. But I really didn’t have any idea where to start. I visited my local Barnes & Nobel bookstore and perused their offerings and bought a few titles and used Google Books to discover many older books that were available digitally. I later found Masonic book publishers such as Macoy and Michael Poll’s excellent Cornerstone Book Publishers.
So the question comes down to, what are the basics to place in your home library? I asked several people including some of my fellow Midnight Freemasons and here are some starting suggestions:
- Short Talk Bulletins by the Masonic Service Association
- Famous American Freemasons Volume I and II by Todd E. Creason
- Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike
- Hidden Keys to Freemasonry by Manley P. Hall
- Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manley P. Hall
- The Book of Words – Lawrence Kushner
- Royal Masonic Encyclopedia
- History of Freemasonry by Albert Mackey
- Ancient Freemasonry by Amblain
- Freemasons for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp – especially valuable to loan new members
- Mackey’s Encyclopedia Pre 1911 edition
- Your Grand Lodge Proceedings - Illinois Grand Lodge Proceedings
- Egyptian Mythology
- Books of the Sacred Law – Holy Bible, Koran,
- Roberts Rules the Masonic Edition by Michael Poll
- A Bridge to Light by Rex R. Hutchens
- Born in Blood by John J. Robinson
- A Pilgrim’s Path by John J. Robinson
- Dungeon, Fire & Sword - by John J. Robinson
- Laudable Pursuit – Knights of the North
- Observing the Craft – Andrew Hammer
What’s in your Masonic Library?
WB Gregory J. Knott is the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana. He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philathes Society. Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts—an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters.
Thank you so much for this listReplyDelete
One question, does anyone know what Observing the Craft in paperback is $123.ReplyDelete
I was thinking of starting my Masonic library with these, English Grammar for Dummies, Thinking Critically for Dummies (rhetoric), Logic for Dummies, Basic Math and Pre Algebra for Dummies, Geometry for Dummies, Music theory for Dummies, Astronomy for Dummies and Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture.ReplyDelete