Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Pool of Siloam Uncovered in Jerusalem

Today's Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Pool of Siloam, the place where Jesus sent the blind man he healed to wash (John 9:1-12), was uncovered in Jerusalem by workers repairing a sewer pipe last year. This is exciting news and provides even more historical evidence to support the Gospels.

The L.A. Times article reports: . . .

The pool was fed by the now famous Hezekiah's Tunnel and is "a much grander affair" than archeologists previously believed, with three tiers of stone stairs allowing easy access to the water, said Hershel Shanks, editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, which reported the find Monday.

"Scholars have said that there wasn't a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit" to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. "Now we have found the Pool of Siloam . . . exactly where John said it was."

A gospel that was thought to be "pure theology is now shown to be grounded in history," he said.

Hat tip to Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report.

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