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Shadowland: Beginnings: Week 58

Genesis 49

Jacob's Prophecy - the Sons of Rachel

The History of the Shepherd Stone

As Paul confirms in 1 Corinthians 10, Israel brought the Bethel Stone with them from Egypt and on their wanderings, until it was restored to Bethel.

The Shepherd Stone as a type of Christ

A Detour into Arthurian Legend

Like the Ark of the Covenant, the Shepherd Stone is lost to Biblical history until its fulfillment in Christ. Like the Ark, there are many speculative continuations of its history. The most famous is the British Israelites, who say that the Bethel stone was brought to Ireland by the tribe of Joseph (see Deuteronomy 33:17), and is the coronation stone of Britain. In describing it the London Sun on June 28th, 1837 said,
...Between the seat and this board is enclosed a stone, commonly called Jacob's, or the fatal Marble, Stone, which is an oblong of about twenty-two inches in length, thirteen inches broad and eleven inches deep; of a steel color, mixed with some veins of red. History relates that it is the stone whereon the patriarch Jacob laid his head in the plains of Luz.


this stone was conveyed into Ireland by way of Spain about 700 years before Christ. From there it was taken into Scotland by King Fergus, about 370 years later; and n the year 350 B. C., it was placed in the abbey of Scone, by King Kenneth, who caused a prophetical verse to be engraved upon it, of which the following is a translation: "'Should fate not fail, where'er this stone is found, The Scots shall monarch of that realm be crowned.

The inscription is an excerpt of this verse recorded by Sir Walter Scott:
Unless the fates are faithless grown,
And prophet's voice be vain,
Where'er is found this sacred stone
The Wanderers' Race shall reign.