Quatuor Coronati Lodge: Our Next Meeting

Quatuor Coronati Lodge meets five times a year on the second Thursday in November (Installation); third Thursday in February; second Thursday in May; fourth Thursday in June; and second Thursday in September. Lodge meetings are usually held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. 

Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 4.00 pm

In line with current UGLE Covid-19 policy, this meeting has been cancelled.  We are exploring ways to record and deliver the lecture online and will update members in due course.

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Northwest Semitic Poetics
Dr Ola Wikander

The Paper

Dr Wikander’s Paper – ‘Northwest Semitic Poetics’ – places the Hiramic Legend and the Royal Arch degree in the context of the literary traditions of the ancient Northwest Semitic languages, and especially the poetic traditions from Ugarit in Syria as mediated through the texts of the Hebrew Bible.

Spurious connections have been made between Masonic motifs and ancient ideas from this region and Dr Wikander’s paper aims to put such comparisons onto a religio-historical footing while acknowledging the difficulties of so doing.

The Speaker

Dr Ola Wikander

Pro Futura Scientia fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, and Reader and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament Exegesis at Lund University.

Dr Wikander focuses on the intersections between Exegesis – the critical explanation or interpretation of a text, the History of Religion, and Philology – the study of the structure, development, and relationships of a language.  He has a background in numerous ancient languages and researches Historical Linguistics and Ancient Near Eastern languages alongside the history of Northwest Semitic poetic language and motifs, and the relations between Northwest Semitic and Indo-European-speaking cultures.  Dr Wikander is currently working on a large research project on Northwest Semitic historical/etymological poetics – “The Words of the Storm Gods – Reconstructing the Common Mytho-Poetic Language of Northwest Semitic”.

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