Biblical pool discovered in Jerusalem

August 10, 2005

Sewer workers in Jerusalem have reportedly discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam -- an ancient gathering place for Jews and a holy Christian site.

The freshwater reservoir -- where, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus cured a man blind from birth -- was a major stop for Jews making religious pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

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

Religious law required ancient Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem at least once a year, said archeologist Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa. "Jesus was just another pilgrim coming to Jerusalem," he said. "It would be natural to find him there."

The pool was built early during the 1st century BC and was destroyed by the future Roman Emperor Titus about AD 70, the Times said.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Mt. Zion dig reveals possible second temple period priestly mansion

Related Stories

Ehud Netzer, noted Israeli archaeologist, dies

October 29, 2010

(AP) -- Ehud Netzer, an Israeli archaeologist best known for excavating King Herod's winter palace and discovering the monarch's tomb there, has died after falling at the site this week. He was 76.

Recommended for you

More to rainbows than meets the eye

August 25, 2016

In-depth review charts the scientific understanding of rainbows and highlights the many practical applications of this fascinating interaction between light, liquid and gas.

New method developed for producing some metals

August 25, 2016

The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn't work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony—and ...

Rosetta captures comet outburst

August 25, 2016

In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.