Apparently 'Abi' could also be used as a proper name:
Hiram [N] [H]
high-born. Generally "Huram," one of the sons of Bela ( 1 Chronicles 8:5 ).
Also "Huram" and "Horam," king of Tyre. He entered into an alliance with David, and assisted him in building his palace by sending him able workmen, and also cedar-trees and fir-trees from Lebanon ( 2 Samuel 5:11 ; 1 Chronicles 14:1 ). After the death of David he entered into a similar alliance with Solomon, and assisted him greatly in building the temple ( 1 Kings 5:1 ; 9:11 ; 2 Chr 2:3 ). He also took part in Solomon's traffic to the Eastern Seas ( 1 Kings 9:27 ; 10:11 ; 2 Chr 8:18 ; 9:10 ).
The "master workman" whom Hiram sent to Solomon. He was the son of a widow of Dan, and of a Tyrian father. In 2 Chronicles 2:13 "Huram my father" should be Huram Abi, the word "Abi" (rendered here "my father") being regarded as a proper name, or it may perhaps be a title of distinction given to Huram, and equivalent to "master." (Compare 1 Kings 7:14 ; 2 Chr 4:16 .) He cast the magnificent brazen works for Solomon's temple in clay-beds in the valley of Jordan, between Succoth and Zarthan.
The name Hiram Abiff is rather odd. Abba is father and the HR root means high born - thus Hiram Abiff may be translated as "high born is his father" - pretty odd for the son of "a" widow.
"While Hiram was floating on high the prophet Ezekiel was brought to him through the air, to reprove him for his arrogance. But the Prince of Tyre replied haughtily that he, like God, was sitting on the sea and in seven heavens, and had already survived David, Solomon, twenty-one kings of Israel, twenty kings of Judah, ten prophets, and ten high priests. Thereupon God said: "What! a mortal dares to deem himself a god because he has furnished cedars for the building of My Temple? Well, then, I will destroy My house in order that meet punishment may come upon him."
Thus it becomes clear that Hiram sits in the 7 heavens and has outlived 21 kings - perhaps as much as 300 years.
So who or what is Hiram? Why are we not allowed to know who is his father?
And it turns out that God did not really need a house after all.
Well, yes, being descended from Tubal Cain Hiram Abiff was indeed high-born, although the fact that he was known as 'the widow's son' would suggest he wasn't fully disclosing his origins.
You know, I think the Hiram referred to in the passage from the Jewish Encyclopedia may be the other Hiram, the prince of Tyre, who happened to be Hiram Abiff's employer. If you think about it, Hiram Abiff could not have said he had survived Solomon.
Hmm, I didn't know Tubal Cain was goat-footed, but it makes sense, because in the video there is a drawing of Hiram Abiff and the foot that's visible looks cleft, albeit in what looks like a special type of footwear.
The story related in the video is that Cain was born of Eve and an Elohim before she met Adam (so no, she wasn't made out of one of Adam's ribs).
Lameck actually descended from Cain, which is why he called his own son Tubal Cain (which means descended from Cain) and of course the widow's son, Hiram Abiff was in turn Tubal Cain's son, which explains why he is depicted with a cleft foot.
The cleft foot comes from the Elohim who met Eve, as he was not from Adonai's camp but from Lucifer's.
So that's the lineage.
There's also a good explanation of lambs and goats, with the goats representing the industrious Cainites.
It's a very good video (for YT) citing plenty of Masonic sources, which are all listed on the page.
For some interesting theories on the goat, start watching at 38 minutes.
But actually it's a very interesting video overall. A touch anti perhaps, but intelligently done and well researched, so you may want to watch it all - it's just under an hour long.
Re. the two goats, sadly they both died. One was sacrificed in the temple, the other was thrown off the edge of a cliff, as it was believed to carry with it all the sins of the community. I think that's where the term 'scapegoat' really came from.
If anybody watches the video I'd love to hear your thoughts.
It lists various social and charitable reasons why people often think of joining, but in each case it states they are not really relevant reasons and even provides details of other organisations which may be more appropriate - which seems fair enough.
Except that it then fails to give a reason why anyone should join - other than "brotherhood" that is, but without providing a definition of brotherhood that might distinguish it from the brotherhood found within other organisations.
Puzzling to say the least - but it gets worse!
If you visit the UGLE website you are going to be even more confused because the reasons they give for joining are basically social and charitable - i.e. precisely the ones the Minnesotan lodge says are the wrong reasons for joining.
Am I missing something?
And in any event, why do people choose to join - except, perhaps, out of curiosity?