Jesus-era Siloam pool found in Jerusalem

Evidence of ancient, rock-hewn water systems
In separate excavations in and near Jerusalem, archaeologists have found evidence of ancient, rock-hewn water systems, including a large, stepped basin that one group of scholars is calling the Pool of Siloam—a place-name that occurs in the Gospel of John, where Jesus tells a blind man whom he healed to wash there.

What may be the biblical Pool of Siloam was first found in the Old City of Jerusalem by workers repairing a sewage pipe. The newly discovered pool is less than 200 yards from another pool called Siloam which was built in the fifth century.

Archaeologist Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, who was called in to examine the uncovered stone steps last fall by the Israel Antiquities Authority, seemed sure that it was a pool that was probably built in the first century B.C. and was destroyed about A.D. 70.


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