Tuesday, August 09, 2005

POOL OF SILOAM DISCOVERED! After well over a year, the Los Angeles Times notices:
Biblical Pool Uncovered in Jerusalem
# The reservoir served as a gathering place for Jews making pilgrimages and is said in the Gospel of John to be the site where Jesus cured a blind man.

By Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer

Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John.

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.


UPDATE: Todd Bolen comments on the article at Todd's Place. And at Cronaca, David Nishimura noted the recycled news too. The trigger for the resurfacing of the old story seems to have been an article in Bibical Archaeology Review.

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