The Beth-elite, who rebuilt Jericho. "He laid the foundation thereof with the loss of Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates thereof with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of Jehovah, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun" (I Kings 16:34).
Meta. The knowledge that all life, energy, existence, animation, is from and of God. This knowledge or realization brings one into conscious unity with God, or is the result of conscious unity with God (Hiel was a native of Beth-el, and Beth-el signifies a consciousness of God, or conscious unity with God).
Jericho, however, the city that Hiel rebuilt, refers to the intellect, a reflected state of consciousness. It is that in us which is not a source of light for itself, but simply reflects the light of Spirit. (See JERICHO.) SO Hiel in rebuilding Jericho (in symbolic interpretation, man in putting his trust in the outer for understanding) of necessity draws away in degree from his oneness with the true light of Spirit. Thus the lofty thoughts and the strength that these exalted spiritual ideals (the eldest and youngest sons of Hiel) give become lost to him. Man cannot remain in conscious oneness with Spirit if he puts even a portion of his trust in outer intellectual avenues as being a source of true knowledge. He must keep his thought centered wholly in Spirit as the source of all, if he is to remain aware of his true identity and birthright.