Pool of Siloam Discovered
- One of the most dramatic miracles in the New Testament took place at a pool
in Jerusalem. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus met a man blind since
birth, rubbed his eyes with Jesus' own spittle and mud and told the man to
wash in the �Pool of Siloam.� The man emerged from the pool cured. The Pool
of Siloam, of Gospel fame, has now been found! It is huge, nearly square,
approximately 270 feet on a side, with three sets of stairs on entering.
The pool was discovered by archaeologists while monitoring routine
construction work on a sewer pipe in the oldest section of Jerusalem. The
archaeologists were startled to see the steps of a first-century pool
beginning to emerge.
The full story of this exciting discovery�including conclusive
archaeological proof that the pool dates to the time of Jesus�is told in the
September/October 2005 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), complete
with never-before-seen photos. This article is also available in PDF format
to visitors to our Web site (http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org).
Thomas Joseph, Ph.D.
Web Master, Syriac Orthodox Resources [ http://sor.cua.edu/ ]
Tech. Editor, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies [