Jewish ringlets, a mystery most can most easily be explained by approaching the Old Testament with a clear mind that does away with Bible stories that shape scripture and not the other way around.
The Ram in Thicket
One of the key chapters within Judaism that’s different in context, characterisation and motivations is Genesis 22. Abraham is asked to sacrifice his son to God but an Angel intervenes and instead of his son he sacrifices a ram. One key difference in the provision of the ram and the proclamation to Isaac on the way up on the mountain is that Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide a lamb. Himself, a lamb infact.
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.Genesis 22:8
We go deeper into this topic in another article than can be found by clicking the link in this text, but the bottom line is that Abraham chooses a Ram and not a Lamb and ultimately fails to complete what God does in Christ, sacrifice a son. The Ram is the beast he chooses for the Jewish people and this is echoed throughout Jewish traditions from the Jewish Shofar to the scapegoat.
Jewish Ringlets as Rams Horns
Hermes is the god who crops up almost everywhere and is often pictured dressed in Jewish attire and holding what appears to be a version of the wheel within a wheel from Ezekials vision.
One notable thing that isn’t so obvious in his usual form but is certainly far more obvious in his epithet or one of his many alter-egos, Hermes Kriophoros is that he has ringlets. Not only that, the god Kriophoros is known as the “Ram-Bearer”.
The statue above of Hermes Kriophoros shows him not only with ringlets but also with a Kippah. He is carrying a Ram about his shoulders with it only visible on either side of his head. This is intentionally synchronised with the curled ringlets also only appearing on either side of his head as ringlets.
Hermes Kriophoros is known to have saved a city from pestilence by cirtcling it a number of times with a ram on his shoulders. This story is a very close parallel to the Old Testament taking of Jericho where the children of Israel (the Jewish people) marched around the walls of the city for seven days, all with ringlets as this was post Exodus. Not only that, they blew on Rams horn before the Ark, the box they kept the broken laws of God inside of to worship when encampment was made.
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”Joshua 6:1-5
The local Greek myths of Hermes are similar and the celebration of this mythical event also use a ram.
Hermes averted a pestilence from the city by carrying a ram round the walls; to commemorate this Calamis made an image of Hermes carrying a ram upon his shoulders. Whichever of the youths is judged to be the most handsome goes round the walls at the feast of Hermes, carrying a Ram on his shoulders.Pausanias, Description of Greece 9.22.1–2.
The greeks certainly acknowledged this to be the true representation of the Jewish ringlets and these gold ornaments from the Greek helenistic period depict hair ringlets with a Ram on either side.
Orthadox Judaism and Ram Worship
Whether it’s the Freemasons and their suspiciously Judaistic looking esotericism who also love goats and rams, rams horns being blown or carried before idols, Judaism has incoperated the ram every since Abraham chose one. If you are to take on the assumption that Freemasonry is simply Mystic Judaism aka Kabballa but reencoded for the gentiles then it makes perfect sense that they too hold the goat/ram in very high regard.
What does this all mean? Well, just that Christians chose a lamb and the children of Israel chose a ram, a symbol of strength and not submission. Obviously the ram has had other meanings within religions and cults, some good and others not so good but it’s certainly a figure that makes an appearance in religions that may or may not have anything to do with Judaism. The lack of confidence in stating that it does or doesn’t comes from the very vague and highly esoteric elements with Hasidic ultra-orthdaox Judaism and the Kabbala which seems to have great influence with occult prtactices. Perhaps coincidental but who’s to know…
Moses had Rams Horns?
Yes, although it was written out of the loop by Hollywood with an uncharacteristically Biblical movie (instead of the very anti-Christian agenda), The Ten Commandments, Moses both made the Israelis worship a brass snake and also had horns.
Moses was of course the prophet who instructed the law that he himself broke into pieces before letting them know any of it. One of the many laws he wrote in was to not cut hair at the corner of your head. Moses was a little bit of a hypocrite what with taking issue over the golden calf after he himself had the Israelites worshipping a brass snake, so what he intended isn’t clear but the net result is obviously a rams horns and yes, further chords that bind Judaism to the mighty ram.