Jerusalem: Marble floor tiles from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem

2000 year old marble floor tiles from the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem brought to light.

2000 year old marble floor tile from Jewish Holy Temple that stood on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem

Marble floor tile from Holy Temple Jerusalem

For the first time in history, actual decorative elements from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem have been brought to light!  Exquisite marble floor tiles, made with meticulously cut stones of different colors – yellow, black, red, purple, white, and more have been recently recovered and pieced together, giving us insight into the great beauty of the Holy Temple of the Jews that stood on Mount Moriah and was destroyed by Titus the Roman in the year 70 AD.  Archaeologists have so far been able to identify seven distinct floor tile patterns.

2000 year old marble floor tile from Jewish Holy Temple that stood on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem

Marble floor tile from Holy Temple Jerusalem

We read about the impressive Temple floor tiles in various literary sources:  Josephus Flavius, the Jewish historian who actually served as a priest in the Jerusalem Temple wrote (Jewish Wars V,5,2), “Open courts were laid with stones of various colors.” In the Babylonian Talmud (Baba Bathra 4a) we read, “It used to be said, He who has not seen the Temple of Herod [in Jerusalem] as never seen a beautiful building. Of what did he build it? Rabbah said: Of yellow and white marble. Some say, of blue, yellow, and white marble.”

2000 year old marble floor tile from Jewish Holy Temple that stood on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem

Marble floor tile from Holy Temple Jerusalem

Hundreds of colorful marble floor tile pieces have been discovered in a major sifting project undertaken by Israel Antiquities authority after Moslem religious authorities on the Temple Mount (where the golden dome Mosque of Omar and El Aksa mosques are located) illegally removed rubble beneath Mount Moriah, without conducting a proper archaeological excavation.  The floor tiles were probably part of the monumental subterranean passageway built by Herod the Great that led up to the Courtyard of the Gentiles on the Temple Mount, and was used by pilgrims – such as Jesus, Mary, & Joseph – when they came to Jerusalem for Passover.

Visit Israel & see remains of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem
I invite you to join me here in Israel and  experience a 3-D living color Bible- a blessing without measure! We’ll learn about the Holy Temple that stood on Mount Moriah, visit the Temple Mount excavations, and even help wash the archaeological remains in search of artifacts.
Shalom! Shalom! Zack Shavin, Jerusalem
www.landofisraeltours.com

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