Another Testimony to Inspiration

Written by Drew on August 9th, 2005

Monday, Biblical Archeology Review reported on the recent discovery of the Pool of Siloam, the site at which, according to John, Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth (Jn. 9).

James H. Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary pointed out that “scholars have said that there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit to illustrate a point.” He continued, “Now we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.”

Time and time again, the skeptic’s wall of denial crumbles as the Bible continues to be vindicated by new archeological and historical evidence!


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  1. andy says:

    David Roper wrote, “he told the man with mud in his eyes, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (Jn. 9:7a). The water for the water ritual came from the pool of Siloam. that pool, which was located in the southeastern part of the city, was one of the landmarks of Jerusalem. It was the result of one of the great engineering feats of the ancient world. King Hezekiah built a tunnel through solid rock to carry water from a spring outside the walls into the city. The pool was called ‘Sent’ (Jn. 9:7b) because the water was sent through a tunnel” [Truth for Today Commentary, The Life of Christ, 2 (Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 2003), p. 56]. In an article on Hezekiah’s tunnel, reported the same thing, but, now, BiblePlaces is reporting the differences between the “traditional Pool of Siloam” and the present excavations which appear to be the actual pool where the blind man washed.

  2. Drew Kizer says:

    Yes, there were other Pools of Siloam. Of the one built by Hezekiah, the LA Times article reports,

    “The site of yet another Pool of Siloam, which pre-dated the version visited by Jesus, is still unknown.

    That first pool was constructed in the eighth century B.C. by the Judean King Hezekiah, who foresaw the likelihood that the Assyrians would lay siege to Jerusalem and knew that a safe water supply would be required to survive it.

    He ordered workers to build a 1,750-foot-long tunnel under the ridge where the City of David was located. The tunnel connected Gihon Spring in the adjacent Kidron Valley to the side of Jerusalem less vulnerable to an attack.

    The first Pool of Siloam was the reservoir holding the water brought into the city. It presumably was destroyed in 586 B.C., when Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar razed the city.”

    The pool visited by Jesus was built in the first century B.C. and destroyed by Titus when Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70. This is the one archeologists believe to have recently discovered.

    Another pool of Siloam stands not 200 yards from the new site. This one was a reconstruction project built between 400 and 460 A.D. by the empress Eudocia of Byzantium, who was known for rebuilding numerous biblical sites.

    The presence of so many of these pools is testimony to the consequences of disobeying Jehovah. The first Pool of Siloam was destroyed in 586 B.C. when God’s people refused to repent. Likewise, the second was destroyed in A.D. 70 for the same reason (cf. Mt. 24). Truly, “the way of transgressors is hard” (Prov. 13:15).

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