Most people did not believe her, and I had serious doubts.
The pool was fed by the newly constructed Siloam tunnel. Prior to this, the Gihon Spring had emptied in a large open basin at its source, before being conveyed to the City by an aqueduct. This basin is sometimes known as the Upper Pool 2 Kings This aqueduct was very vulnerable to attackers, so, under threat from the Assyrian king SennacheribHezekiah sealed up the old outlet of the Gihon Spring and the Upper Pool, and built the underground Siloam tunnel in place of the aqueduct 2 Chronicles The pool remained in use during the time of Jesus.
According to the Gospel of JohnJesus sent " a man blind from birth " in order to complete his healing. Some scholars, influenced by Jesus commanding the blind man to wash in the pool, suggest that it was probably used as a mikvah ritual bath.
Archaeologists Eli Shukron and Ronny Reich working with the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered stone steps, and it became obvious that these steps were likely to have been part of the Second Temple period pool.
Excavations commenced and confirmed the initial supposition; the find was formally announced on August 9,and received substantial international media attention. The pool is not perfectly rectangular, but a soft trapezoid.
There are three sets of five steps, two leading to a platform, before the bottom is reached, and it has been suggested that the steps were designed to accommodate various water levels. The pool is stone-lined, but underneath, there is evidence of an earlier version that was merely plastered to help it retain water.
The pool was destroyed and covered after the First Jewish—Roman War in the year Dating was indicated by a number of coins discovered on the stones of the patio near the pool to the north, all from the days of the Great Revolt.
The latest coin is dated with "4 years to the day of the Great Revolt", meaning the year In the years following the destruction, winter rains washed alluvium from the hills down to the valley and down the slopes of Mount Zion to the west of the pool; the pool was filled with silt layers up to 4 m in some places until it was covered completely.
Roman period[ edit ] Roman sources mention a Shrine of the Four Nymphs Tetranymphona nymphaeum built by Hadrian during the construction of Aelia Capitolina in    and mentioned in Byzantine works such as the 7th-century Chronicon Paschale ; other nymphaea built by Hadrian, such as that at Sagalassosare very similar.
The Byzantine pool of Siloam Handcolored Photo of the site c. This pool is around 70 yards from the Second Temple Pool of Siloam, and is significantly smaller. Until the discovery of the Second Temple pool of Siloam, this pool was wrongly thought to be the pool described in the New Testament and Second Temple sources.Is the original Siloam Pool—the water pool fed by Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring during the First Temple period—beneath the Second Temple-period Pool of Siloam (pictured here), perhaps underneath the orchard in the left of this photo?
Photo: “Picture Time at the Pool of . Traditionally, the Christian site of the Siloam Pool was the pool and church that were built by the Byzantine empress Eudocia (c. – A.D.) to commemorate the . Excavation Report – Pool of Siloam (Jerusalem) Sharon Brown BIBL Liberty University Pool of Siloam (Jerusalem) Thesis Statement This report is to give information on the excavations of the Pool of Siloam and how it relates to the Bible.
Letter “A” is located where the traditional “Pool of Siloam” is and Letter “B” shows the area of the present excavations.
Early s The photograph at right was taken in the early s and shows the Pool of Siloam before later Muslim construction above it.
The Pool of Siloam is an important site as it helps to prove the New Testament story of the healing of the blind man in Jesus’ time at this pool.
It is a historical site as it is specifically mentioned by name in the Bible, not some random pool that the blind man was sent to. The tower of Siloam was small, compared to the huge towers in the Old City of Jerusalem. The remaining walls or footings have been recovered.
The inside of the tower was about 19 feet (6 metres) in diameter, and the outside was about 22 feet (7 metres) in diameter.