Archaeologists recreate tiles from time of Jesus

After seven months of studying relics and historical texts, Israeli archaeologists and masons unveiled their replica of the sacred floor that Jesus' feet once touched.
They replicated tiles from Jerusalem's second temple, where the New Testament says that Jesus went on pilgrimage and studied as a boy and, as an older preacher, cast out his money changers in anger.
Assaf Avraham was one of the archaeologists involved in the project.
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(SOUNDBITE) ASSAF AVRAHAM, ARCHAEOLOGIST AT BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY PARTICIPATING IN THE RESTORATION TEAM, SAYS:
“What we tried, we tried to create a realistic old Second Temple floor. We even made the scratches and all kinds of markings that looked the same as it did in Second Temple time Temple period. "
Surviving tiles from the temple ruins told the archaeologists what material had been used ...
handcrafted local limestone, Dead Sea stone and imported marble.
(SOUNDBITE) ASSAF AVRAHAM, ARCHAEOLOGIST AT BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY PARTICIPATING IN THE RESTORATION TEAM, SAYS:
While we were searching the dirt, we suddenly saw the remains of old floor tiles, decorative and colorful. We remembered Josephus Falvius, the Jewish historian who described the floor of the Temple Mount, the open courtyard paved with colored stones. We're talking about the "Opus Sectile" style, the most chic style of the time. We can only imagine who was walking on these floors - we are talking about Jewish pilgrims from all over the world and of course about Jesus who (as described in the Gospel of John) walked on the Temple Mount and met people. ""
The team manager, Avi Tsvisal, hopes people will enjoy seeing the end product - which he described as "hard work" to make.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AVI TAVISAL, FOUNDER OF 'MORIAH COLLECTOIN' ARTHOUSE SAYS:
"but it was very interesting and we made it with all our hearts."
Video transcript
- Jesus once made a pilgrimage to this old Jewish temple in Jerusalem and studied as a boy. 2000 years ago, his feet hit the earth-colored stone tiles carved into the walls of this temple. Now, after seven months of studying relics and historical texts, Israeli archaeologists and masons have unveiled their replica of the sacred floor that Jesus' feet once touched. Assaf Avraham is one of the archaeologists involved in the project.
ASSAF AVRAHAM: What we tried, we tried to create a realistic ancient Second Temple floor. We even do the scratches and all kinds of markings that looked the same as it was at the time of the Second Temple period.
- Surviving tiles from the temple ruins told the archaeologist what material had been used, handcrafted local limestone, Dead Sea stone and imported marble.
ASSAF AVRAHAM: While we were searching the dirt, we suddenly saw the remains of an old decorative and colorful floor tile. And we remember Josephus Flavius, the Jewish historian who described the floor of the Temple Mount, the open courtyard that was paved with colored stones. And this is about the Opus Sectile style, the chicest style of the time.
And we can imagine who walked on these floors. We speak of pilgrims, Jews from all over the world. And of course Jesus, who describes in the Gospel of John that he used to walk on the Temple Mount and meet people.
The team manager, Avi Tavisal, hopes people will enjoy seeing the end product, which he described as hard work to make.
AVI TAVISAL: But it was very interesting, very interesting. And very ... you know, we wholeheartedly make it.
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