Category Archives: Star of David

The Star of David’s 12 Tribes/Sides

The twelve sides of the six-pointed star are said to represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

– You Won’t Believe Which 2 Asian Countries Are Standing

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12 Tribes = 12 Parts and/or Sides to the Star of David

 

The star has 12 lines about its perimeter, possibly representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.

– What is the Star of David and is it biblical? GotQuestions.org

 

Some note that the Star of David is a complicated interlocking figure which has not six (hexogram) but rather 12 (dodecogram) sides. One can consider it as composed of two overlapping triangles or as composed of six smaller triangles emerging from a central hexogram. Like the Jewish people, the star has 12 sides, representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

– Star of David, by Rabbi Shraga Simmons, Aish.com
Some say that one triangle represents the ruling tribe of Judah and the other the former ruling tribe of Benjamin. It is also seen as a dalet and yud, the two letters assigned to Judah. There are 12 Vav, or “men,” representing the 12 tribes or patriarchs of Israel.

– Star of David, Wikipedia

 

 

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Twelve Tribes = 12 Parts and/or Sides to the Star of David

 

There were many ways in Jewish history to order the encampment of the tribes; Dr. Cohen mentions three of them and the third is:

“Jewish folklore describes the encampment of the tribes in the desert as forming a Star of David, twelve focal points being connected one to another, and all of these arranged around a central, thirteenth, focus–the Tabernacle and the tribe of Levi ministering the sacred service. A Yiddish anthology for the holidays describes the unique arrangement of the Israelite camp and its symbolism as follows:

According to this picture, the Star of David is the symbol of tribal unity in Israel, a single formation protecting the Sanctuary shared by all”.

– Encampment of the Tribes, Star of David Blogspot

 

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http://loveforhispeople.blogspot.com/2016_04_01_archive.html http://www.aish.com/jl/sp/k/48942436.html
http://gotquestions.org/star-of-David.html
http://star-of-david.blogspot.com/2006/05/encampment-of-tribes.html
http://www.aish.com/jl/sp/k/48942436.html

 

The Star of David above the Eagle’s Head on the One Dollar Bill

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Over its (bald eagle’s) head there appears a ‘glory’ with 13 mullets (stars) on a blue field. In the current (and several previous) dies of the Great Seal, the 13 stars above the eagle are arranged in rows of 1-4-3-4-1, forming a six-pointed Star [of David].

– Great Seal of the United States, Wikipedia
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Above the American bald eagle’s head the stars of the original 13 states are composed to form a Solomon’s seal symbolic of the union of soul and body, spirit and matter. Each of the interlaced equilateral triangles, one upward turned, the other downward…the two represent the physical world as informed by the spiritual.

– Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
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U.S. government versions of the Great Seal show the constellation of 13 stars in a Hexagram pattern (two triangles intersecting to form a six-pointed star). There has been much speculation about the symbolic intent of this Hexagram…

– “Thirteen Stars Forming a Constellation”, GreatSeal.com
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The first die…was cut sometime between June and September, 1782 (i.e. between the design being accepted and its first use), although the exact date is not known. The identity of the engraver is also not known…The blazon does not specify the arrangement of the stars…nor the number of points; the engraver chose Six-Pointed Stars (typical of English heraldry), and arranged them in a larger Six-Pointed Star. No drawing made by the engraver has ever been found…This first die was used until 1841.

– Great Seal of the United States, Wikipedia
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Judeo/Christian Quotables – Magic of the Seal of Solomon

 

In Arab sources the hexagram, along with other geometrical ornaments, was widely used under the designation “seal of Solomon,” a term which was also taken over by many Jewish groups. This name connects the hexagram with early Christian, possibly Judeo-Christian magic, such as the Greek magical work The Testament of Solomon.

 

Magen David, Gershom Scholem, JewishVirtualLibrary.org

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Press of Solomon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Long, Long Time Ago in a Judeo/Christian Bible Far, Far Away, the Star of David Meant ‘As Above, So Below’

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Well, it appears these early years of 21st century spiritual ignorance and darkness seem to be upon us indefinitely, so let’s have a quick pop quiz review of some simple Judeo/Christian Star of David Arithmetic. Here are the main equations:

As Above + So Below = THE
Mountain Top + Valley Bottom = JUDEO/CHRISTIAN
Up High in Heaven + Down Low on Earth = STAR
Top of the Sky + Bottom of the Sea = OF
Heavenly Heights + Depths of the Earth = DAVID

Skeptical religious scholars may still quibble about the ‘As Above, so Below’ metaphor’s ultimate origins (Adam/Eve/Cain/Abel) and whether it was ever in use among the ancient Hebrew Patriarchs, long before written history ever began. Nevertheless, the fact remains that no one will ever know for sure although the Bible seems proof enough there was on-going symbolic understanding about the Star of David among the Israelite Prophets who followed in Moses‘ footsteps.

Now called The Star of David...the symbol…means, simply ‘as above, so below – the spiritual realm is mirrored by the material’. Westerners say on earth as it is in heaven.

– The Star of David or, Seal of Solomon, by ose Sinclair, The Bible Decoded

Indeed, the existing evidence strongly suggests it may well have been the Judeo/Christian tradition who initially introduced the ‘As Above, so Below’ linguistic theme into many different emerging Christian cultures who then later adopted it as their own.

Star of David Quotables – False Accusations about Judeo/Christian Symbols

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The six-pointed star of David represents the royal Judaic lineage of Mary- the House of David.

– Facts, Figures and Features of the Basilica…, NationalShrine.com

Judeo/Christian Links: Star of David – As Above So Below

Star of David: As Above So Below.

Comparing Sense and Nonsense about the Star of David

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Tragically, when it comes to the Star of David, there seems to be far too many Jew-hating, race-baiting, clearly exclusionary voices which almost always seem to come from the Protestant Christian Community. In the end it is quite sad that these clearly hostile, and possibly violent, lunatics literally drown out any and all of the more reasonable voices with their so-called independent Bible ‘research’ which purports to ‘prove’ the inherently evil origins of Jews, Judaism, and of course the Star of David. In order to fight back against these Protestant ‘Christian’ hate-mongers, a three-part comparison between SENSE and NONSENSE as it relates to the Star of David can be reads as follows:

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ImageIt is not a Jewish symbol, but an occult symbol.

– The “Star of David” is Pagan, Jesus-is-Savior.com

SENSE: The Star of David is a widely recognized symbol of Judaism, named after King David of ancient Israel. (Star of David, New World Encyclopedia)
NONSENSE: It is not a Jewish symbol, but an occult symbol. (The “Star of David” is Pagan, Jesus-is-Savior.com)
EVEN MORE SENSE: Most people today associate the six pointed star (hexagram) with the Jewish Star of David (Magen David), as it is the modern symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. In 1948 it was even adopted on the official flag of Israel. According to Wikipedia: “Its use as a symbol of the Jewish community dates to the 17th century.” (The Six-Pointed Star of Armenia, WordPress.com)

JUDAS MACCABAEUS: The Star of David is either a Jewish symbol or an Occult symbol. It cannot be both, because the Occult has been opposed to Judaism and also the Jewish people, for literally thousands of years. The claim that it is not a Jewish symbol when Jews around the world say that it is appears to a serious denial of reality.
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The “Star of David” is Pagan.

– Jesus-is-Savior.com

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SENSE: The Star of David and the five-pointed star are both symbols associated with Christianity. (Christian Star, Christian Symbols, About.com)
NONSENSE: The “Star of David” is Pagan. (Jesus-is-Savior.com)
A LOT MORE SENSE: While predominately recognized as a symbol of Judaism and Israel, many Christians identify with the Star of David as well. (Christian Star, Christian Symbols, About.com)
JUDAS MACCABAEUS: The Star of David is either a Pagan or Christian symbol. It cannot be both, because Christianity is not a Pagan religion and to say an age-old Christian symbol like the Star of David is Pagan is to basically say that Christianity is Pagan, a contradiction in terms which makes no sense whatsoever.
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Star of David OR Star of Lucifer?

– Great Joy in Great Tribulation, MoreSureWord.com

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SENSE: Lucifer is a Latin word which signifies the ‘morning star’. (Morning Star – Philologos, Philologos.org)
NONSENSE: Star of David OR Star of Lucifer? (Great Joy in Great Tribulation, MoreSureWord.com)
SOME MORE SENSE: The Star of David is a six-pointed star formed by two interlocking triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down….In the book of Revelation, Jesus is called the Morning Star – Revelation 2:28, Revelation 22:16. (Christian Star, About.com)
A FINAL SENSE: The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance…Metaphorically, the word is applied…finally to Jesus Christ Himself (II Peter 1:19; Apocalypse 22:16, “Exultet” of Holy Saturday) the true light of our spiritual life. (Lucifer, by Anthony John Maas. Catholic Encyclopedia 1913)

JUDAS MACCABAEUS: First of all, to even suggest that the Star of David may be the Star of Lucifer is to blindly assume that the Devil, the enemy of King David, Israel, the Jews and Judaism is in fact called ‘Lucifer’. Considering the known fact that Lucifer is simply Morning Star in the Latin language, then it may well be more appropriate to think of Jesus Christ as Lucifer, who is indeed a direct descendant of the Royal House of David symbolized by the Six-Pointed ‘Morning’ Star of David..
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REALITY: The Star of David is NOT a symbol of the Occult. It was and is an official symbol of Judaism.
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT a Pagan symbol. It is a Christian symbol.
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT the Star of Lucifer. It is the family Coat-of-Arms of Rabbi Jesus, a genuine symbol of Jesus Christ the bright, Morning Star.

God bless reality and may God bless you all.

The Star of David Symbolism in the First Chapter of the Book of Genesis

The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the STAR OF DAVID, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.

– The Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Just about every God-fearing reader of the Bible knows the basic symbolism behind the Star of David which is composed of two opposite-pointing intersecting equilateral triangles perfectly placed on top of each other to create a completely symmetrical six-pointed star. Indeed, even the very name of this geometrical form has a coherent meaning to it, as man throughout the ages has noticed the way the stars and even the sun will sometimes sparkle (or twinkle), thus appearing to have six-points to them, even though they are still obviously round, circular dots in the sky.

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One need not be a believer in Judaism to understand how this symbol provides one of most simple, yet comprehensible, ikons used to represent such concepts as Heaven and Earth, God and Man, Soul and Body, Material and Spiritual, Mountain and Valley, etc. Throughout the Middle Ages, many a Christian Gentile, especially the more learned among them, understand this symbol as, not only representing a unity of opposites, such as the elements of Earth and Air, or Water and Fire, but also as an expression of complementary concepts, much like the ebony and ivory keys to a piano which, when played correctly and by using the correct combinations, was capable of creating something beautiful- like the Latin Mass at its finest and most profound.

Historically speaking, the Catholic Church wasn’t very prone to call the hexagram the Star of David (or Magen David in Hebrew). In fact, for several centuries before the modern term ‘Star of David’ ever became part of everyday vocabulary, and long before this symbol ever became specifically Jewish, the Church preferred to refer to the hexagram as the Star of Creation, or the Creator’s Star. Now the obvious question that might come to readers’ minds is why on earth did the Christian authorities ever refer to this symbol in such a manner. The Star of Creation? Whatever does that mean?

The six-pointed star is the Creator’s Star or Star of Creation. Its six points stand for the six days of creation.

– Christianity/symbols/6-point star, ReligionFacts.com

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The easy answer is to simply point out that God’s Creation includes both the Heavens and the Earth, Mountains and Valleys, Clouds and Seas, Volcanoes and Tornadoes, so the symbolic representation of BOTH distinctly different items placed together would of course signify the reality that Creation is filled with a diverse array of BOTH phenomenon- not to mention the fact that every snowflake is basically a Star of David, in one form or another.

All of this is true of course, but it doesn’t really truly answer the question completely. Why not call it the God’s Star, rather than the Creator’s Star? Obviously, there must be a reason behind this particular designation and the following analysis of the Creation story in the 1st Chapter of Genesis (Genesis 1:1-27) is a humble attempt to explain the reasons why-

The Star of David seems to nest itself in the beginning of the Bible…

– The Star of David, by Frank Colijn, Members.home.nl

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(1) In the beginning God created the Heavens AND the Earth.

– The Heavens= Up Triangle –> ‘God created the Heavens’
–  The Earth= Down Triangle –> ‘God created…the Earth.’                                         = God’s Creation= David –> ‘God created the Heavens AND the Earth.’

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(2) The earth was formless and void, and darkness was OVER the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving OVER the surface of the waters.

– Darkness= Up Triangle
– The Deep= Down Triangle
= Darkness OVER the Deep= Star of David –> ‘darkness was OVER the surface of the deep’

– Spirit of God= Up Triangle
–  The Waters= Down Triangle
=  Spirit of God OVER the Waters= Star of David –> ‘the Spirit of God was moving OVER the surface of the waters.’
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(4) God saw that the light was good, and God SEPARATED the light from the darkness. (5) God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.

= 24-Hour Cycle= Star of David –> ‘God SEPARATED the light from the darkness’
–  The Light, Day= Up (or Down) Triangle –> God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.
–  The Darkness, Night= Down (or Up) Triangle –> ‘and the darkness He called night.’
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(7) God made the expanse, and SEPARATED the waters which were BELOW the expanse from the waters which were ABOVE the expanse, and it was so.

= The Waters= Star of David –> ‘separated the waters’
–  The Waters BELOW= Down Triangle –> ‘the waters which were BELOW the expanse from’
–  The Waters ABOVE= Up Triangle –> ‘the waters which were ABOVE the expanse’

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(9) Then God said, ‘Let the waters BELOW the Heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear’, and it was so. (10) God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering of the waters He called Seas, and God saw that it was good.

– The Seas= Down Triangle –> ‘Let the waters BELOW the Heavens be gathered into one place’
– The Earth= Up Triangle –> ‘and let the dry land appear’
Planet Earth= Star of David –> ‘and God saw that it was good.’
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(16) God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night.

= ‘Two great lights’= Star of David
–  Sun, the Greater Light= Up Triangle
–  Moon, the Lesser Light= Down Triangle
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(20) Then God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly ABOVE the earth in the open expanse of the Heavens.’

– The Fish= Down Triangle – ‘the waters bring forth’
– The Birds= Up Triangle – ‘fly ABOVE the earth’
=  Wildlife= Star of David
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(26) Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule OVER the fish of the sea and OVER the birds of the sky and OVER the cattle and over all the earth, and OVER every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’

– God= Up Triangle –> ‘Let Us make man’
–  Man= Down Triangle –> ‘Our image’
=  God’s rule OVER Man= Star of David

– Man= Up Triangle ‘rule OVER the fish’ and ‘OVER the birds’ and ‘OVER the cattle’
– Animals= Down Triangle
=  Man’s rule OVER Animals= Star of David
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(27) God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.

– God= Up Triangle
–  Image of God= Down Triangle
=  Creation of Man= Star of David –> ‘He created him’

– Male= Up (or Down) Triangle
–  Female= Down (or Up) Triangle
= Creation of Mankind= Star of David –> ‘He created them’
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This simple, basic analysis provides one of best ways in explaining the ultimate reason why the Catholic Church, while acknowledging the hexagram as a legitimate family seal for the House of David (including Jesus Chris), has still tended, for literally hundreds of years, to refer to the Star of David as the Star of Creation. Considering the inherent common sense seen in the above interpretation of the Creation story in Genesis 1, it should be fairly easy to understand why.

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Relevant Quotes and References

The Star of David seems to nest itself in the beginning of the bible…Therefore it’s the question if Moses was aware of the fact that when he wrote down the bible text, he also wrote down the mathematical laws of the hexagram…for with the creation of Heaven and Earth appear also the Laws of Nature and of course the mathematical Laws too.

– The Star of David., by Frank Colijn, Members.home.nl

The star of David is an ancient Jewish symbol filled with significance. The two triangles that make up the star of David depict the two…forces in this world…Heaven and Earth, body and soul, and more.

– Star of David, baltinesterjewelry.com

The thought of Heaven and Earth sharing one dimension brought a scripture to mind. Jesus taught them to pray “in earth as it is in heaven”. I was instantly impressed with the knowledge that somewhere on the earth there must be an exact duplicate of this pattern. This pattern is not new, some of the names for this fusion [are]…’Seal of Solomon’ and the Star of David’. No matter what the symbol is called, or whether it stands for the union of…God and man, it is the power of a balanced collective consciousness.

– STAR OF DAVID, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, LighthouseLibrary.com

STAR OF DAVID: The Star of David or the Creator’s Star. The six points represent six aspects of God: love, mercy, wisdom, majesty, power, and justice. In this form, the two triangles represent the Trinity.

– Star of David, Christian Symbols, Ezartsncrafts.com

THE STAR OF CREATION (Star of David) – The six-pointed star is several symbols in one. The star is made up of two triangles, each representing the Trinity. The six-sided star they form is a symbol of creation. Thus the symbol means that the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, were all a part of the creation of the world.

– The Star of Creation, ChristianSymbols.net

Six-pointed Star: Route six corners correspond to the six days of creation. These are also the six attributes of God: love, power, wisdom, mercy, justice and majesty. It is also known as Star of David in Judaism. Six-pointed star – a Christian symbol

– Christianity, Religious Symbols and their Meanings, Relijournal.com

Six pointed stars symbolize Israel and is called the Star of David. It represents the six attributes of God – power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy and justice.

– Stars as Christian Symbols, Catholic-Saints.info

Six Pointed Star: Star of Creation, Star of David. Although ancient and symbolizing the six days of creation, best known in modern times as a symbol of Judaism.

– Christian Symbols, Symbols, Gocek.org

Six-Pointed Star: Stars with six points have a deep ancient history that has been connected to many other religions with a range of meanings. In regards to Christianity, the star with six points is known as the Creator’s Star (or the Star of Creation). Each of the points represents the six days of creation, and is also representative of six attributes associated with God;- love, mercy, power, wisdom, majesty, and justice. The six-pointed star is also a symbol of Judaism in modern-day Israel, which is called the Star of David.

– Symbolism of Stars in Christianity, by Yona Williams, Unexplainable.net

King David would say his Star is SEVEN, and never SIX…Six…six…..

 

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7 = The 6 points plus the center
7 = The 6 days of Creation plus the seventh day of rest
7 = The 6 working days in the week plus Shabbat
7 = The 6 directions of space plus the center (Up, Down, East, West, South, North, and Center)
7 = The 6 Sefirot of the Male (Zeir Anpin) united with the Seventh Sefirot of the Female (Nekuva).

– Secrets Behind the Star of David, Star of David, Taliscope.com

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A +1,000 Year-Old Star of David Enscribed with Hebrew Letters

For the LORD God is a Sun and a Shield. The Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

– Psalm 84:11

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The Star of David displayed just above has been known for many centuries and it comes from the pages of the Leningrad Codex, a Jewish Bible written by Jewish scribes more than 1,000 years ago, sometime around the very early 11th century (1006-1009 A.D.). The document has been called a Codex because it has not been written in scroll form like a Torah, but is a very old example of a high quality, hand-written book instead. This particular Codex has been kept at the archives in the Russian city of St. Petersburg (Leningrad during the USSR) since 1863.

Why would they call an ancient Jewish Bible by the name ‘Leningrad’? Well, even though the city once called Leningrad (1918-1991)was renamed St. Petersburg after the demise of Communism, the National Library of Russia requested that the name for this text remain ‘Leningrad’ simply because they already had another document named after St. Petersburg. The somewhat ironic ‘Communist’ designation it has received does not stop this particular +1,000 year-old Jewish Bible from getting the attention it truly deserves. As one particular Jewish source notes:

The Leningrad Codex is one of the most important Hebrew documents extant, with ramifications and influence that is immeasurable. It is…one of the sources for biblical tradition, for the study of Hebrew Scriptures, and for providing an accurate text for the reading and writing of the Torah and the other books of the Bible. The Leningrad Codex is the oldest complete manuscript of the Tanakh, the 39 books of the Bible. Written in Cairo on parchment in the year 1009

– The Oldest Tanakh, by Curt Leviant, Jewish Virtual Library, jewishvirtuallibrary.org

As can be seen just above, this one particular page of the Leningrad Codex provides some fairly irrefutable proof that the Star of David and its significance was already common knowledge among the leading Biblical authorities of Judaism long before the period (1400-1800 A.D.) which most ‘scholars’ believe was the time when Judaism slowly ‘decided’ to adopt the six-pointed Star of David as their own symbol. The significance of the Star of David being included in such an important text of Judaism has yet to be completely understood by most historical authorities. This particular picture (shown below) happens to be what experts call the ‘Carpet Page’. As can be seen, the Star itself has been partially drawn using words and phrase in the Hebrew alphabet.

Understanding the Differences between the Star of David and the Seal of Solomon

In Medieval Jewish, Islamic and Christian legends, the Seal of Solomon was a magical signet ring said to have…the symbol now called the Star of David (hexagram), often within a circle, usually with the two triangles interlaced (hence chiral) rather than intersecting.

– Seal of Solomon, Opentopia, Encycl.opentopia.com

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When one looks closely enough at the picture above, the differences between the Star of David (on the Left) and the Seal of Solomon (on the Right) should become readily apparent. By tradition, the Star of David has only 2-Dimensional OVERLAPPING (or intersecting) triangles, while the Seal of Solomon always has 3-Dimensional INTERWOVEN (or interlaced) triangles. Because of this, the Seal of Solomon may also sometimes be called the Star of David, although this remains technically incorrect. On the other hand, the Seal of Solomon, by definition, MUST appear to have interwoven triangles, otherwise it is, by definition, just another Star of David.According to legend, King Solomon supposedly took the rather simple, two-dimensional Star of David he inherited from his Royal father and managed to improve upon it by having the two opposite triangles appear as if they were interwoven with one another. Thus, the Star of David then became the Seal of Solomon and the rest, as they say, is history. A rather interesting take on the very real differences between the Star of David and the Seal of Solomon reads as follows:
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Uniting the Water Triangle [facing downwards] with the Fire Triangle [facing upwards], the Hexagram is formed. It forms a six pointed star also known as the Seal of Solomon. This symbol is a [different type of] Star of David, the national symbol of Israel (God’s chosen nation). The difference between the Star of David and the seal [of Solomon] is the triangles which make up the seal [Solomon] interlock and the two triangles of the Star of David lie flat against each other.

– Hexagram, TheForbiddenKnowledge.com
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The traditional understanding that the Star of David and the Seal of Solomon have fundamental differences in both their origins and visual appearances, seems to have been nearly lost in modern times. What’s most frustrating is that more a few modern dictionaries have gotten the essential differences between these two distinct types of hexagrams completely wrong, thus misleading everybody. The biggest visual clue is the way that the Seal of Solomon’s triangular lines look like they are either above or beneath one another without ever truly intersecting. Apparently, this was never the case with the Star of David. To be specific, King David used the symbol as a short form of his written signature and as a battle insignia painted on the shields of his fellow Israelite soldiers. In both cases, the iconographic complexity seen in the Seal of Solomon was never really needed and therefore never developed. In contrast, the Seal of Solomon was thought to have been an actual Royal Seal used throughout King Solomon’s reign, a hand-held device which stamped an image upon either a puddle of wax, or clay, or even a form of paper made with animal skins. These Seals were usually custom-made by professional artists and were thus far more complex in appearance than any written signature or hand-drawn war emblem. In truth, one could say that both symbols were simply different versions of the Star of David. However, the Seal of Solomon has always been depicted with three-dimensional, interwoven (or interlaced) triangles. It is most unfortunate that literally no one these days really knows, or even cares, about what a Seal of Solomon actually is anyway. However, for the sake of precision, one should define the Star of David as being comprised of OVERLAPPING triangles, just as the Seal of Solomon (Solomon’s Seal)should always have the appearance of INTERLACED (or INTERWOVEN) triangles instead. The actual, and factually correct, dictionary definitions of these two emblems are listed below:
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(Star of David) n. – A symbol consisting of two OVERLAPPED equilateral triangles forming a star with six points, used as a symbol of Judaism. It is also called Magen David, Mogen David, and Shield of David, and is shaped identically to the hexagram and Solomon’s seal. It is used on the flag of the modern state of Israel.

– Collaborative International Dictionary of English, Dictionary.net

(Solomon’s Seal) n. – A mystic symbol consisting of two INTERLACED triangles forming a star with six points, often with one triangle dark and one light, symbolic of the union of soul and body. It is shaped identically to the hexagram and Star of David, distinguished only in its usage.

– Collaborative International Dictionary of English, Dictionary.net
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A Jewish Seal of Solomon with interwoven triangles carved upon a building stone recovered from a Jewish Synagogue which dates anywhere from 200 to 400 A.D.

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Among the various myths and legends concerning this age-old Biblical symbol, two of them stand out in particular. The first one concerns the reasons behind why the hexagram was ever called a star (or shield), while the second story explains the intricate three-dimensional pattern seen on the Seal of Solomon, but usually never with the Star of David. Now as to why the hexagram was ever called a Star, the main reason should be quite obvious to most observers. As nearly everybody would agree, the six-pointed shape itself bear a striking visual resemblance to the twinkling effect one experiences when looking directly at either a star, or the sun, through a somewhat hazy atmosphere.

Twinkle (Upward Triangle), Twinkle (Downward Triangle) little star, how I wonder what you are (Star of David). Up above the world so high (Upward Triangle), like a diamond in the sky (Downward Triangle)…

– An interpretation of the song ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’

There is also a Biblical reason why the hexagram has been called a star and it concerns a certain, obscure prophecy found in the Book of Numbers. Keeping in mind that this was written long before King David was ever born, the relevant verse talks about an unknown future leader of Israel who will rise to power and go on to defeat the traditional enemies of the Israelites- the Moabites for example. This future hero is metaphorically described as ‘a Star’ which ‘shall come forth from Jacob’, obviously meaning a yet-to-born descendant from the one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Because of the importance of the Davidic Kingdom, quite a few scholars claim this passage from Numbers should be seen as a direct reference to the later military success and subsequent rule of King David. Indeed, David official founding of the Kingdom of Israel in Jerusalem was the first event of extreme significance which had occurred in Israel since the time period recorded in the Book of Numbers. Yet the question remains as to why the hexagram, rather than David himself, is the ‘Star’ mentioned in Scriptures. The best, and probably only correct answer to this is that the original Star of David served as his personalized signature- comprised of two triangular Hebrew letters written on top of each other with one of them turned upside down. In short, the hexagram was simply a uniquely clever way David wrote the first and last initials to his own name. Therefore, the claim that the six-pointed hexagram used for David’s name was also a perfect symbolic representation of the Biblically prophesied ‘Star’ of ‘Jacob’ happens to be fairly logical, at least in a metaphorical sense. Also, because the Bible just so happens to be filled to the brim with metaphors, this legendary explanation may indeed be the real truth behind the origins of the six-pointed Star.
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STAR OF DAVID: I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A STAR shall come forth from Jacob. A scepter shall rise from Israel and shall crush the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of Sheth.

– Numbers 24:17

SEAL OF SOLOMON: Place me like a SEAL upon your heart, like a SEAL on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

– Song of Solomon 8:6

A Christian Seal of Solomon with interwoven triangles etched in marble from a Byzantine Christian Church (400-630 A.D.) uncovered at Khirbet Sufa, located in the northern Negev Desert of modern Israel.

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Turning to the Judeo/Christian legends surrounding the Seal of Solomon and the reason behind the change in name from Father (Star of David) to Son (Seal of Solomon), one finds the same basic underlying storyline, regardless of whether or not the specific Star of David folklore comes from Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. First, as previously mentioned, the more complex looking six-pointed star with interwoven triangles simply Solomon’s way of improving upon his father David’s original design for their family coat-of-arms. This three-dimensional hexagram was also a far more appropriate insignia for a King of Israel and his Royal family to have as their personal seal. Even so, there was also a deeper, more profound reason behind the interwoven appearance of the Seal of Solomon’s two interlaced triangles. Apparently, this specific design served as a visual talisman providing spiritual protection and control against the forces of evil. Not only was the Seal thought to ward against, or scare off, demons and other evil spirits, it also helped to trap, contain, and control them- thus rendering them harmless to mere mortals. To truly understand how and why this worked, notice how the Seal’s interlaced lines have an eerie, maze-like appearance to them, going back and forth, above and behind each other, in a ceaseless, never-ending pattern. This infinite sense of complexity was said to cause disorientation and utter confusion in any demon who dared to look directly at the symbol. More than two thousand years later, the Medieval Christians (as well as Jews) also put their trust in the Seal of Solomon, believing it provided ample protection from the forces of darkness. Three different online sources confirm the ‘magical’ history of this symbol:
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The hexagram, as the Seal of Solomon, is generally…believed to have protective powers and magical properties…[It] has a long history of providing protection from demons and evil spirits. In some magical practices, it is associated with exorcisms.

– Who Knew Two Triangles Could Do So Much?: The Hexagram, by Rebecca, themagicalbuffet.com

The Seal of Solomon dates back to the Bronze Ages and is a powerful symbol with many mystical and magickal qualities…the Seal of Solomon is believed to offer protection against both enemies and the evil eye, control spirits, and bring good luck in all aspects of life.

– Seal of Solomon, Amulet Power, Angelfire.com

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Turning to the Judeo/Christian legends surrounding the Seal of Solomon and the reason behind the change in name from Father (Star of David) to Son (Seal of Solomon), one finds the same basic underlying storyline, regardless of whether or not the specific Star of David folklore comes from Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. First, as previously mentioned, the more complex looking six-pointed star with interwoven triangles simply Solomon’s way of improving upon his father David’s original design for their family coat-of-arms. This three-dimensional hexagram was also a far more appropriate insignia for a King of Israel and his Royal family to have as their personal seal. Even so, there was also a deeper, more profound reason behind the interwoven appearance of the Seal of Solomon’s two interlaced triangles. Apparently, this specific design served as a visual talisman providing spiritual protection and control against the forces of evil. Not only was the Seal thought to ward against, or scare off, demons and other evil spirits, it also helped to trap, contain, and control them- thus rendering them harmless to mere mortals. To truly understand how and why this worked, notice how the Seal’s interlaced lines have an eerie, maze-like appearance to them, going back and forth, above and behind each other, in a ceaseless, never-ending pattern. This infinite sense of complexity was said to cause disorientation and utter confusion in any demon who dared to look directly at the symbol. More than two thousand years later, the Medieval Christians (as well as Jews) also put their trust in the Seal of Solomon, believing it provided ample protection from the forces of darkness. Three different online sources confirm the ‘magical’ history of this symbol:
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The hexagram, as the Seal of Solomon, is generally…believed to have protective powers and magical properties…[It] has a long history of providing protection from demons and evil spirits. In some magical practices, it is associated with exorcisms.

– Who Knew Two Triangles Could Do So Much?: The Hexagram, by Rebecca, themagicalbuffet.com

The Seal of Solomon dates back to the Bronze Ages and is a powerful symbol with many mystical and magickal qualities…the Seal of Solomon is believed to offer protection against both enemies and the evil eye, control spirits, and bring good luck in all aspects of life.

– Seal of Solomon, Amulet Power, Angelfire.com

In the middle Ages it was common to find amulets and talismans which reproduced the Seal of Solomon…It was believed that these magic drawings protected the wearer from the influence of demons and evil spirits, or just bad luck. It was also common to record the seal on a frame or lintel of the entrance door to homes…with the same protective character against the spirits or to potential fires.

– The Hexagram, Star of David or Seal of Solomon, Looking4thetruth77.blogspot.com
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One might apt to conclude that both the form and function of the Seal of Solomon were in perfectly alignment, thus explaining the legendary spiritual powers this symbol was believed to possess. These days, Christians (and Jews) are free to choose to believe or disbelieve in its significance, yet even today, in the 21st century, the Seal’s actual power over the minds of men (and women) has yet to disappear completely. Indeed, look at the dozens and dozens, perhaps even hundreds, if not thousands, of modern, educated adults who still use this symbol to practice magic and/or witchcraft. Even if one doesn’t believe in any magic whatsoever, there still has to be a reason why so many fellow humans have such an on-going obsession with this one particular geometric shape. as if by its very appearance the supernatural will then become possible. A more balanced view concerning the power of the Star of David/Seal of Solomon can be found in the Catholic Church of today. Mentioning the Star of David by name, the official Catechism of the Catholic Church reads as follows:
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The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the STAR OF DAVID, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.

– Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church

AT TOP LEFT: A close-up picture of Pope Benedict XVI’s Papal hat known as a mitre. The six-pointed hexagram located in the front of the head-piece appears to be a Seal of Solomon, rather than a Star of David.
AT TOP RIGHT: The yellow star of David on the left side has the German word Jude (Jew in English) written in the center. The blue Star of David (Magen David in Hebrew) on the right side is found upon the official, national flag of Israel.
AT BOTTOM LEFT: These two black hexagrams in a all-white background are basic representations of a Star of David, seen on the left side, and a Seal of Solomon, seen on the right.
AT BOTTOM RIGHT: A six-pointed hexagram carved upon one of the walls of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the official capital of the Roman Catholic Church.

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In conclusion, the specific place that the hexagram actually holds in terms of the Judeo/Christian ‘big picture’ shows a long and extensive history of Christian use dating back centuries to the Middle Ages. Hopefully, Christian respect and admiration for this particular emblem will extend itself into an open friendliness, rather than hostility, towards those who still practice and believe in Judaism, This seems to be the general attitude of today’s Catholic Church and the specific and deliberate reference to the Star of David in the most recent edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (just cited above) is even further proof that times have changed for the better.
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