The Siloam Pool

Bible History Daily, a publication of the Biblical Archaeology Society, has an interesting article online.  The article, “The Siloam Pool: Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man,” provides a history of the archaeological work at the site.  Below is an excerpt from the article:

The Siloam Pool has long been considered a sacred Christian site, even if the correct identification of the site itself was uncertain. According to the Gospel of John, it was at the Siloam Pool where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9:1–11).

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During construction work to repair a large water pipe south of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, at the southern end of the ridge known as the City of David, archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron identified two ancient stone steps. Further excavation revealed that they were part of a monumental pool from the Second Temple period, the period in which Jesus lived. The structure Reich and Shukron discovered was 225 feet long, with corners that are slightly greater than 90 degrees, indicating a trapezoidal shape, with the widening end oriented toward Tyropoeon valley.

Read the article in its entirety by visiting Bible History Daily online.  The article contains a picture of the remains of the ancient Siloam Pool.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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