Hebrew Voices #23 – The Temple Floor Lady (Rebroadcast)

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Temple Floor Lady, I meet with The Temple Floor Lady, Frankie Snyder. Frankie works at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem, reconstructing ancient floors. Frankie explains how she pieces together the pieces of floor discovered in the archaeological excavations. I got excited when she showed me, and let me touch, the ancient paving stones that covered the surface of the Jerusalem Temple in the 1st century CE. Unlike a Mosaic, which makes use of uniform cubes, the "opus sectile" floors of the Temple were made up of light and dark stones from all over the ancient world, cut into diverse shapes and sizes, and fit together into a grand puzzle to form intricate patterns. As I was speaking to Frankie I realized the floor tiling of the "House of Prayer for All Nations" was a picture of God's people. Made up of diverse colors and shapes, coming from far off lands with different backgrounds and ideas, the nations flowing unto Jerusalem will prophetically fit together into Yehovah's plan of salvation for mankind!

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Nehemia Gordon holding re-assembled floor tiles that covered the Jerusalem Temple in the 1st Century CE. Each square is made up of twenty or more stones of different colors and sizes from all over the ancient world. The Temple was covered with over 1.5 million squares like these!

Nehemia Gordon holding re-assembled floor tiles that covered the Jerusalem Temple in the 1st Century CE. Each square is made up of twenty or more stones of different colors and sizes from all over the ancient world. The Temple was covered with over 1.5 million squares like these!

Frankie Snyder works at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem, reconstructing ancient floors. She is an expert in the study of ancient Herodian style flooring and succeeded in restoring the ornate tile patterns using geometric principles, and similarities found in tile designs used by Herod at other sites. Frankie was born in America and moved to Israel in 2007. She holds a B.A. in Math and Statistics and a M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Boston.

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25 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #23 – The Temple Floor Lady (Rebroadcast)

  1. Todah rabah, Nehemia and Frankie Snyder. What a rich, insightful program! I am overdue to return to Yerushaliyim, Yah willing. What an honor it would be to meet with Frankie Snyder and those working on this project. Nehemia has such blessed work. Thank you for sharing.May you both be most prospered in your endeavors 🕵️💕

  2. I am thankful you shared this because I was able to go to this site today. We found a good number of artifact pieces, including mosaics. The highlight was finding something from the Crusaders era. Todah.

  3. This is a very valuable interview. Thank you Nehemiah. Only one thing: it is extremely important that the lady is allowed to finish her sentences, please, and her explanation so we can get the most of her knowledge. It is amazing the fact that God gave the blessing and honor of reconstructing these temple floor tiles (the Messiah’s temple) to this Israeli lady who dearly holds Yeshua with such a loving and respectful actitud shown in her words regarding him. Big lesson for all of us. One more temple part we have for the building of the 3rd temple where Mesiah will return, this time as King.

  4. Nehemia’s excitement and these floors reminds me of the teaching from our senior pastor, always showing that God loves everyone of us, sizes shapes and colors, personalities etc…..

    1Pe_2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

    Eph_2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

  5. Wow what a wonderful insight. I never thought the floor tiles would be like that. I always imagined the floor as the same as the Western Wall stone. The beautiful correlation of the tiles to Yah’s people was so heart touching. I agree, a fund raising project for quilt and cross stitch patterns would be wonderful. They would make beautiful wall hangings, challah covers, or table runners for Feast or Shabbat tables.

  6. Even though this was the second time I heart this I loved it. Hope to see Some of it in real Life someday soon
    I really enjoying Hebrew voices!! Keep up the good work also with the Aviv Search!

    Judith

  7. Nehemia, I’ve always appreciated the oppunity you gave me to “sift” the dirt from the Temple Mount, tell the story, and share a rock from the mount. Hope all is well with you. Jeanne

    • Loved the show! It has been always important to me both spiritually and emotionally how the people and things looked in the Biblical Israel. That helps to make difference between Roman error and Hebrew Truth. Nehemia’s spiritual insight in the end was very thought provoking.

  8. Mentioning that the illegal removal of the dirt is a blessing because it allows people to find what was in the Temple, was a good point. As Yoseph said to his brothers what you meant for evil YHVH meant for good. Thank you both for presenting the historical information. It is very inspiring.

  9. Just too cool!! Thank you for sharing! My mother used to do mosaics, some with the little glass squares and some with shaped tiles and sea shells. Lots of work. These are so nice and this Hebrew Voices is wonderful!! Thanks again.

  10. I too was thinking of quilt patterns! This episode was FABULOUS!!! I had no mental picture for the flooring under the porticoes until now. I would like to know if the Temple Institute is working with this lady to incorporate any of these patterns into their plans for the Third Temple. Thank you for this very instructive and inspiring presentation!

  11. Thank you Nehemia and Frankie Snyder. Just an idea for a fundraiser. These would make beautiful quilting patterns under a collection of ‘A Treasury of Ancient Israel Temple Patterns.”

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