Photograph by G. Laron

MEZUZOT MYSTERY SOLVED. Carved from a single block of soft limestone and painted red, this building model uncovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa depicts an elaborate doorframe surrounding an opening. With three—or maybe four—interlocking frames, the recessed doorframe sets apart the inner room as sacred space. This may unlock the meaning of mezuzot in the Bible’s description of Solomon’s Temple.