Thembu Royals Magazine - - Contents -

At face value, the ob­ses­sion ap­pears to be founded on its beauty, lus­tre, mal­leabil­ity, re­sis­tance to cor­ro­sion nor tar­nish, more­over its scarcity. Gold is very scarce.

An­cient civ­i­liza­tions as­so­ci­ated Gold with Gods, Deities, Roy­alty, and power all around. An­cient civ­i­liza­tions in Greece, Ro­man Em­pire among oth­ers con­ducted ex­ten­sive min­ing op­er­a­tions for Gold in their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tions. Egyp­tians mined Gold as early as in the year 3,000 BC. Gold also played an im­por­tant role in the Egyp­tian mythol­ogy as it was re­garded in high es­teem by all the Pharaohs, and tem­ple priests alike.

The Holy Bible also em­braces Gold as a pre­cious metal an ob­ject. There are sev­eral verses in the Holy Bible that em­brace this pre­cious metal.

“… A river wa­ter­ing the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was sep­a­rated into four head­wa­ters.

The name of the first is Pis­hon; it winds through the en­tire land of

Hav­i­lah, where there is Gold.

The Gold of that land is good…”

[Ge­n­e­sis 2:10-12].

As the book of Ge­n­e­sis deals mainly with the cre­ation of the uni­verse by

Lord God a con­clu­sion that

Gold had been with the uni­verse from the be­gin­ning of the uni­verse is jus­ti­fi­able.

Is­raelites were also ob­sessed with Gold. This ap­pears in the book of Ex­o­dus. When Moses did not ap­pear to be help­ing the Is­raelites to achieve their goals, the Is­raelites de­cided to wor­ship Gods. The Gods that they chose were made of Gold, thus …

“… When the peo­ple saw that Moses was so long in com­ing down from the mountain, they gath­ered around Aaron and said, “come, make us gods who will go be­fore us. As for this fel­low Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we do not know what hap­pened to him..,.” Aaron an­swered them, “Take off the gold ear­rings that your wives, your sons, and your daugh­ters are wear­ing, and bring them to me.”…So all the peo­ple took off their ear­rings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fash­ion­ing it with a tool. Hey said, “These are your gods, Is­rael, who brought you up out of Egypt …”[ Ex­o­dus 32:1-4]

The book of Rev­e­la­tions also de­scribes ‘The New Jerusalem’ thus ..The great street of the city was of Gold, as pure as trans­par­ent glass…”[ Rev­e­la­tion 21: 21] In our next fea­ture, we will con­tinue to ex­plore the ob­ses­sion with Gold by the na­tions of the world.

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