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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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.
- Matthew 26:6-13
- Matthew 16:13-16
- Luke 2:41-52
- Luke 21:37-38
- Luke 21:1-4
- Matthew 27:33
- Matthew 27:59-61
- Exodus 34:18-23
- Archeologists Restore Tiles From Second Temple in Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Post
- Jerusalem Biblical Temple Floor Designs 'Restored' - BBC News
- Frankie Snyder at Academia.edu
- The Opus Sectile Floor in a Caldarium of the Palatial Fortress at Cypros
- “The open-air courtyard was completely paved with stones of various types and colors” Josephus, The Jewish War, 5:5:2 (192)