Sunday, December 14, 2014

Figure 85

Pool of Siloam © Todd Bolen/
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Pool of Siloam, newly discovered in 2004. Currently over 20 steps have been excavated leading down into the Pool.

During 2004, repairs to a sewage line, less than 200 ft. (61 m) southeast of the Birkeh Silwan, caught the attention of archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron, who were working nearby. They visited the Birket el-Hamra site and noticed the remains of the steps leading down to the pool and put a halt to the work to investigate. Hershel Shanks, “The Siloam Pool: Where Jesus Cured the Blind Man,” Biblical Archaeology Review 31, no. 5 (2005): 18.

Todd Bolen states:
Excavations continue to reveal more sections of the pool on the northern and southern ends.  Several shafts at the northern end of the pool have revealed large paving stones.  On the southern end, excavations have uncovered a large wall and a section of the pool from the Old Testament period.  These are in the pit below the wall in the foreground of the photo.  Altogether about 20 steps (4 sets of 5 each) have been excavated leading from street level into the pool. Todd Bolen/

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