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MAGI Reviews

Solomon's Builders

Season 1, Ep. 16

MAGI reviews Christopher Hodapp's Solomon's Builders. This 1999 book has been overshadowed by the author's other book, Freemasons for Dummies, but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading. Solomon's Builders is easy to read and informative... but how close does it hew to the truth?

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