A study of the captioned subject shows how much some people cannot separate legend from allegories from truth. We approach the title with a lot of doubt and a smidgen of respect for the authors of the material I have researched over the last few weeks. New questions have arisen, especially since I have viewed the movies "Death by Decree" and "From Hell" two (2) stories about Jack the Ripper and the so-called Masonic Connection. One has ventured forth on ideas that Jack was a person of English royalty, named Prince Albert and that the Masonic Fraternity protected him. Another ventured that Jack was the queen's physician, protecting the family name over a bastard child, who would have been heir to the throne of England. No wonder non-Masons think so lowly of our beloved fraternity.
ALBERT G. MACKEY
In the author's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY, for your edification, check out his articles on "Jubela-o-um", and then go to "Ruffians: Giblim." It is stated that:
Gebal is a city in ancient Phonecia. Inhabitants of
the city were called Giblites or Giblimites and they were "stone-squarers."
See 1st Kings 18.
The three (3) names were originally one (1) name for a 'fellowcraft,
a leader in the conspiracy against Hiram Abif, and that the names were
corrupted names of Giblimite. It is suggested that later writers gave
them the a, the o and um to prove their "conspiracy" point.
Giblim was corrupted to Gibalim or three (3) syllables or spelled another
The French spelling took Giblim and went to Jiblime, then to Jibulum to Jabulum (See RAM). The same type corruption was evident with Pythagoras, as the French spelled it Pytagore, and in Masonic lore it became Peter Gower combining English and French. Let us follow this trial of corruption: Ghiblim-Giblim-Gibalim-Chibbelum-Jiblime-Jibelum-Jabelum and finally to Jubellum. Consequently, the words are not names but titles of one (1) fellow-craft 'Jubrlum' and with the a and the o added, bibgo, we have three (3) ruffians.
Later writers gave the names to the sun, rising in the East,
following a Southerly course and setting in the West (See the Three Gates,
same book.) Consider the three (3) stations in a Lodge as well as why
there is no gate in the North.
This also alludes to the working tools of the fellow-craft Mason, even though the Setting Maul is not listed in the saga as a working tool of the fellow-craft, and is never explained that Jubelum was not a Master Mason and was trying to get the 'secret.' Allegories abound with these three (3) who chose to agree, but, on the wrong thing. There is a difference between a 'gavel and a setting maul, as one is a working tool of a fellow-craft, while the other, the gavel, is an emblem of authority, and is wielded by the Master of the Lodge.
A look at the AOM, the endings of Jube, called Juwes in the Sherlock Holmes movie and the From Hell movie, a student of Eastern religions will see the sound of Aummmm as a connotation of the Sanskrit chant, replacing the o with a u. In the Sanskrit language o is spelled u. The chant is emblematical of the trilateral gods of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, translated to mean Creator, Preserver and Destroyer.
THE CHRISTIANIZATION OF FREEMASONRY
I believe in the Christian slant as I see it in Freemasonry and I believe there are several religious slants to the whole of Freemasonry creating the 'universality' of the fraternity. What is man, morally, without religious principles hovering over him? It is like life without 'love' which would render life as totally useless. The God we serve, has many names, and many prefixes, and we shall only deal with the three (3) names of the Ruffians to get a muddled view of what may have been on the minds of early Masonic writers.
Some writers have ventured forth that the prefixes of all three (3) Ruffians brings God into the matter by the use of Ja, or as sometimes rendered Je or Jo. We see the same arrangement when the J is replaced with a y, rendering the prefixes Ya or Ye or Yo.
The three (3) ruffians would be the three (3) courts that tried Jesus the Christ: Sanhedrin Court (Jubela); Herod's Court (Jubelo) and lastly, Pilate's court (Jubelum). The total could be rendered: Religious Court (Sanhedrin); Political Court (Herod's Court); and Social, as in social disorder (Pilate's Court). Their instruments could be rendered: Sanhedrin Court: Plumb; Herod's Court: Square; Pilate's Court: Level. On Jesus' back was a scarlet robe, a color of shame (prostitution); on his head a thorny crown (royalty) and on his shoulders a cross (mitre).
The sign above HIS head: Elements (Earth, Wind, Fire and
The cross had four (4) Squares (Basic man; Intellectual Man; Spiritual Man; Resurrected Man).
HIS Blood was for redemption.
HIS water for baptism.
HIS seven (7) words, completion.
HIS death (end of HIS mission).
HIS burial, earthly returning from whence HE came.
HIS first day and night-Law.
HIS second day and night-Prophecy.
HIS third day-Grace.