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 (LA Times)
August 9, 2005
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.
"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."
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