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Unseen in Over 2,000 Years: New Pool of Siloam Excavations

The Siloam Pool in Jerusalem along the steps to the Temple Mount is where Jesus healed a blind man, as recorded in John 9:1-11. A new excavation project in Israel has uncovered steps unseen for over two thousand years. A path has been opened to the public as of September 2023.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that the Pool of Siloam, a biblical site cherished by Christians and Jews, is open for the first time in 2,000 years.

At the new dig site, archeologists unearthed the first 8 steps of the stone stairs leading to the Temple Mount in recent weeks, which had not been seen since around the time Jesus walked the Earth.

According to Ze'ev Orenstein, director of International Affairs - City of David Foundation:

"The ongoing excavations within the City of David - the historical site of Biblical Jerusalem - Particularly of the Pool of Siloam and the Pilgrimage Road, serve as one of the greatest affirmations of that heritage and the millennia-old bond Jews and Christians have with Jerusalem... Not simply a matter of faith, but as a matter of fact."

Ze'ev Orenstein, director of International Affairs -- City of David Foundation

User:תמרה, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons

King Hezekiah in II Kings 20:20, is recorded as having built a waterway conduit to survive the oncoming Assyrian attack of the city.

Signage at the Pool of Siloam dig site, Sergio and Rhonda in Israel, Youtube post, 2023

A staircase of stone steps was built leading to the Temple Mount for pilgrims to make their way for worship. Thousands made the trip during many holy days and festivals. On the path, many shops developed to sell animals for sacrifice and to meet the needs of the travelers.

Signage at the Pool of Siloam dig site, Sergio and Rhonda in Israel, Youtube post, 2023

“The half-mile running through the City of David, from the Pool of Siloam in the south, continuing along the Pilgrimage Road, up to the footsteps of the Western Wall, Southern Steps, and Temple Mount, represents the most significant half-mile on the planet,” Orenstein said.

“There is no half-mile anywhere on Earth which means more to more people – not to millions, but to billions — than the half-mile that is the City of David,” he added.

An excavation project in Jerusalem, Israel has uncovered the biblical site  the Pool of Siloam.

An excavation project in Jerusalem, Israel has uncovered the biblical site the Pool of Siloam.

Visitors as of September 2023 may review the dig and even travel up a few steps which have been prepared for the public.

The Pool of Siloam dig site, Sergio and Rhonda in Israel, Youtube post, 2023

Part of the stairs are underground after centuries of building over the ancient site. Support beams were constructed for safety over the staircase. A small part of the original staircase is shown here for passage. On the right a vendor's place to sell items to the public is suggested.

The pool was first built roughly 2,700 years ago as part of Jerusalem’s water system in the eighth century B.C. 

A rendering of the Pool of Siloam site thousands of years ago.

A rendering of the Pool of Siloam site thousands of years ago. Courtesy of The New York Post.

This unveiling of the Biblical site of the Pool of Siloam from the Gospel of John is clear evidence of history preserved for us, revealed at just the right time. It affirms Scripture both theologically and geographically linking Israel's unquestionable connection to Jerusalem. This is undeniable proof of the story of the Bible and its people, Israel.

In King Herod's time, Jesus is recorded healing the blind man in the Gospel of John, 9:1-11. The Pool of Siloam is the destination that Jesus sends the man to wash the mud out of his eyes. Christ's symbolism of his mission to cleanse the believer's hearts and clear their eyes is unmistakable.

de Mura, Francesco; Christ Healing the Blind Man; National Trust, Basildon Park; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/christ-healing-the-blind-man-218079 Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The vast majority of the pool is being excavated and will either be opened piecemeal or once the entire site is unearthed. 

Orenstein noted that in a few year's time, visitors to the City of David will be able to witness the factual history for themselves and “see with their own eyes, touch with their own hands, and walk with their own feet upon the very stones their ancestors walked thousands of years ago, as they made their way to Jerusalem on pilgrimage.”

Apparently, that day is here. To see a video of people actually walking the Prilgrim's way toward the Temple Mount, review this link from Sergio and Rhonda in Israel, YouTube post, September 2023.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one sharpens another."

Proverbs 25:17

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