Does anyone know these symbols?


The Gray Chapel on the

Ohio Wesleyan University

campus has been featured

before on my December holiday

collection of doors. Front door

has interesting side panels,

running up along the

blue limestone frame.

Do you recognize

this language

which is


to me?”

We received a thoughtful

response from Sue Vincent.

Please know her blog is

full of beauty, photos,

well written research

and interesting stories.

Sue’s blog may be found at:

Thank you, Sue!  πŸ™‚


50 responses »

    • I definitely didn’t recognize the lettering. Sue cleared it up by saying Hebrew, with the two tablets, Boaz and Jackie, being on either side of a set of doors. This was originally founded as a Methodist university, Ohio Wesleyan University. I am surprised this seems to be part of original structure! πŸ™‚

  1. It is Hebrew. I imagine there is a similar stone on the other side of the door. This one, I think, represents Jachin…the other would be Boaz, the twin pillars of the ancient Temple of Solomon.

    • Beth, it was Hebrew alphabet and there are lettering on both sides of the door. The sun radiated on this side of the double doors, the other side was in shadow.
      They represent the twin pillars of the Temple of Solomon, “Boaz” and “Jachin.” Another comment says the alphabet is used for Yiddish language, too. Thanks for trying to think about the mystery. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks very much. πŸ™‚ It was a great conversation starter, Derrick. I took the photograph since the sun brought the engravings in the rock border around this double door.

  2. My alternative explanation is that this is the start of the next Dan Brown novel and Robert Langdon will be travelling to your town for intrigue. Beware albino guntoting monks. Not as accurate as Sue’s answer, but a bit of fun. Cheers!

  3. It is absolutely Hebrew Robin. It means Yakin, pronounced YAKEEN, which indeed Sue was right. Meaning – He will establish. The other side said Boaz, which means strength. This is the Hebrew alphabet which is also used in Yiddish. This is my heritage so I’m confirming. πŸ™‚

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