The pool of Siloam

The Pool of Siloam

Chapter 9 of John's Gospel, verses 1-11, record how Jesus heals a man who had been born blind.  He does this by spitting on the ground, making mud with the saliva, smearing it on the man's eyes. Then he tells the man to go and wash in a pool called 'Siloam'.  The man washes the mud off, and regains his sight.

The pool of Siloam was (and still is) a real place in Jerusalem, at the southern end of the tunnel that king Hezekiah built to bring water into the city when it was under threat of being beseiged by the Assyrians. in 'The Historical reliability of John's Gospel' (page 152), Craig Blomberg says:

Archaeologists have even more confidence about having identified the pool of Siloam in Jerusalem than they do about the pool of Bethesda. Originally part of Hezekiah's tunnel (2 Kings chapter 20 verse 20, 2 Chronicles chapter 32 verse 30), Siloam was excavated in 1880, complete with an inscription enabling its identification.

For more about the pool of Siloam and Hezekiah's tunnel, see page 126 of 'Discoveries from Bible Times', by Professor Alan Millard

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